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When to prune?

Posted by kimwood z8 Alachua, FL (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 7, 05 at 13:16

I am new to gardening and read that I should prune back my camellia after it finishes blooming and before the end of April, before buds for next year begin to grow. So I went out this morning and it looks like there are already lots of buds on the bush! Should I go ahead and prune the plant or let it go until next year? Or do you think it will bloom again this year? This is a well-established, large camellia. Thanks for any thoughts or insights you may have.


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RE: When to prune?

  • Posted by Ron_B USDA 8 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 9, 05 at 4:01

The buds for the following year are set on the new growth, after it blooms, then stay in place through the winter. That's why you cut right after bloom, so you don't cut off buds that are just about to open or cut off ones for the next year that have been set in summer-autumn.

RE: When to prune?

I have several large camellias (approx. 10 yrs. in the ground, but already very large when planted) and I have never pruned them. They produce tons of blooms every year. I really don't see the need to prune unless maybe there's something wrong with the shape of your plant.

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