camellia sinensis fungus/dieback? Help!

JJGestapoNovember 9, 2013

I'm new to growing camellia sinensis. I bough a baby plant a few months ago and decided to container plant it because its too cold where I live to leave it outside all winter. For the summer I let it stay outside, but then the green leaves started getting spots on them. In fall it bloomed, and had plenty of flowers on it.

Then the spots spread to all the leaves and I researched as much as I could on diseases, and decided it had a fungus that it caught from the outside environment. So I sprayed it, changed the top layer of soil, and brought it inside (its too cold for it outside now). It gets sunlight, but is in a cooler room of the house (like 65 ^F in there).

I noticed some of the shoots have dark stems, but I don't know if it is infected, dieing back, or what is happening. What can I do to protect it? What can I do to help it and get rid of the disease, or help boost its immune system? Is there a specific type of fungicide I should use?

Please, any help I would greatly appreciate it. I love my plant and I don't want it to die :( Thank you!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
luis_pr

Hello, JJGestapo. Has it been stressed? Have you cut the camellia's leaves or stems at all since you bought it? What fungicide did you use to treat it? Is the soil kept evenly moist or does it have periods of wet/moistdry? Does water drain off easily? Does the pot have enough drainage holes at the bottom? Where did you get the plant from? Where are you located (in case it makes a difference?

Also, can you post photo of the entire plant and another one of one just one of the leaves so I can see some detail of the spots?

This post was edited by luis_pr on Fri, Nov 22, 13 at 16:09

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 6:42AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
luis_pr

Hello?

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 4:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
JJGestapo

I bought from plant from a person out of OH. The plant had been stressed, as it went from outdoors to indoors because I live in NY (zone 5a I believe) where it was too cold to live outside. Once it moved indoors, the leaf "blight" continued. I used a general fungicide that was recommended by a local nursery -they admitted they were not very familiar with the plant. The water did drain out, but I fear it may have drained out too quickly sometimes. Around the fall time when I brought it inside, I also was unlucky to have fungus knats infest it, which definitely weakened and stressed my poor plant. It sadly died despite my best efforts to keep it alive :( With it also being indoors, I think it was too dry for it. I do not have any full scale photos offhand, but I will look for some when it was alive to post later.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 11:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
camellia identity
First off let me introduce and tell you a little bit...
dmichael619
Camelia - Buttons N Bow
Hello - I bought the Button N Bows Camelia. I planted...
robbbyva
Camellia Ashley Eden?
Hello. I just succumbed to a little plant covered with...
rosie
Problem with leaves
Camellia Japonica - Just received this plant as a gift...
mimichatte
What is eating the camellia leaves?
My friend has a camellia which has lots of beautiful...
jaymo49
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™