Transplanting Camelia's

I live in the San Gabriel valley of So Cal and have approx (12 camelia's that are approx 10-12 years old if not older. They line th houses foundation (slab foundation) and face north & east (partia to no sun). I would like to transplant them to face west (full sun along my rear wall
Any idea's, suggestions, discouragement would be appreciated
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On Thu, 29 Jun 2006 01:39:55 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@spam.invalid (byreferral) wrote:

Please don't use apostrophes where they don't belong, as in the simple plurals "camellias" and "ideas".
Re: moving, contact the Huntington. They have a camellia grower who regularly exhibits at the Huntington's garden sales. Ask to be put in touch; he can give you the straight dope on moving.
I have 5 camellias situated the same way -- on E. side of house, So. Calif. coastal. They have been there many, many years -- over 50, I'll bet; were there when I bought the house. Seem to be doing fine. Why do you want to move yours where they will get full sun in San Gabriel Valley? Much hotter than where I am.
Persephone
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byreferral wrote:

Camellias will NOT thrive in the afternoon sun in the San Gabriel Valley. They might not even survive.
In their native environment, they do grow out in the open on south-facing slopes. However, they get almost constant cloud cover to moderate the sun.
My camellia bed is on the north side of my house. But my house is not square on the compass. The north side gets some morning sun. The most easterly camellia provides some shade, partially protecting the others from the morning sun. That one is the least vigorous of my plants, often showing leaf burn and even die-back.
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That's my experience, too. I had a camelia on the north-east corner of my house. It got only morning sun in winter but, come summer, it got morning sun for a couple hours, then some shade, and then by mid afternoon, it had come out of the shade and and into full sun. It had burnt leaves and was just generally unattractive.
AFIK, camelias do best with only *MORNING* sun or shade. YMMV...
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