Camellia Care

Camellia flower buds form during late autumn-early winter. Fertilize with an acid food AFTER the flowers are spent because during bud and bloom cycles, camellia plants are dormant. If buds fail to open or fall off prematurely and brown blotches appear on the flower petals, it could be a soil-borne fungal disease known as Camellia petal blight. Break the cycle by removing all the infected buds and fallen flowers around the plant and apply a 2-3 layer of mulch. If the blight persists, use a fungicide such as Bayer Advanced Disease Control to control the disease.