Transplanting camellia and backup cutting to root too?

bethfl(7b)September 2, 2006

We are moving back to SC and I want to dig up my five foot camellia that my dad rooted from my granny's 100+year old plant. Bloomed for the first time two years ago. Thinking about putting it in a pot to take up to Columbia. Have read the helpful suggestions but want to get a few cuttings to root just in case. Would this stress the plant too much to do both? Not familiar with the ins and outs of camellias and want as much advice to help preserve this one!

Thanks, Beth :)

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It seems a terrible shame to attempt the dig of this very old camellia. Why not let it survive and thrive where it is? It's a big risk and would take professional resources, in my opinion. Millions and millions of people have left their grannies' homesteads to move elsewhere. Take cuttings with you.....not the plant. Let that part of your heritage thrive where it is.

That is my heart-felt opinion, having had to leave a property or two behind. It's a blessing to go back and visit those plants!

Another thing to consider is that the older a plant is, the less able it is to recover from stress. Plants get weaker and prone to problems as they age, just like we do. Fact, not theory.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2006 at 10:46PM
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bethfl(7b)

You make some good points. Probably will leave it. I'd feel terrible if it didn't make it! Thanks, Beth

    Bookmark   September 8, 2006 at 9:26AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Exactly. There's lots of good web sites explaining how to best take camellia cuttings. Attached is just one, in case you haven't been exploring yet.

Here is a link that might be useful: Camellia propagation

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 2:12PM
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