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Pruning

Posted by bunyip 7a (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 1, 12 at 19:23

A neighbour has a very large old camellia -- he's not sure of the name (flowers are medium size formal double, dark red). It is about 10 feet tall, with a spread of about 6 feet. To my knowledge, it is at least 35 years old and has always been very healthy. He pruned it once about ten years ago when it outgrew its space, and he needs to prune it again.

It has finished flowering now, and is just beginning to put out its new growth. Is this a good time to prune, and how much can he cut it back without risking damage to the plant?

Any advice would be appreciated -- you all have been very helpful before, and I would love to have your input.

p.s. My camellias have been glorious this year after a very mild winter. They have almost finished flowering, even the late bloomers like April Remembered.


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RE: Pruning

Camellias are best pruned shortly after they are finished flowering. They are quite adaptable to heavy pruning, which is sounds like what your neighbor intends to do.

I'd suggest that after this plant has been reduced to the size your neighbor requires, he does a little of of detail pruning EVERY year. That way, this mature plant won't be subjected to a mass reduction.

Here is a link that might be useful: Camellia information


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RE: Pruning

Thanks, rhizo! I've forwarded your answer to my neighbour, and I have bookmarked the link to the Camellia Society for my own information too.


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Very informative site.


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