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Pruning a 7 ft. camelia...

Posted by tweetypye z8/sc AL (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 20, 08 at 15:33

I have a beautiful pink camelia that is in full bloom right now...the problem is that its really overgrown its area and needs to be pruned back a good bit. I know I'm supposed to prune just after bloom but I am wondering how much I can take off this plant without doing it any harm. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Pruning a 7 ft. camelia...

I take my cue from the instructions that the American Camellia Society gives for transplanting, where they suggest removing 1/3 to 1/2 of the bush. Personally, I never remove more than 1/3 of any type of plant though. It choose the lesser of the two in case there were to be problems later (unrelated to transplanting).

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning Camellias, by the ACS

RE: Pruning a 7 ft. camelia...

If you do remove part of that beautiful shrub by cutting back; I'd love to do a try at rooting cuttings. I'd be glad to pay for a flat rate box of pencil size cutting when you do decide to do this.
Please let me know.
New Camellia lover

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