I have a large and currently happy red Camellia - i.e. it has bloome
profusely this year.
We have building works starting next week and I think I ought to prun
the Camellia, so that it doesn't get battered by the builder. They ar
building a wall 4 feet away from it.
How severely should I prune it, (or not) as I really don't want to los
Go to your public library, large bookstore, or comprehensive
nursery (NOT a lumberyard or hardware store). They should have a
copy of Sunset's book on Camellias, which thoroughly describes how
Camellias do not have to be pruned to promote good growth and
blooming. However, there may indeed be valid reasons why someone
might want to prune a camellia.
My camellia bed is outside my dining room window. After a few
years, they begin to block the view of my garden from that window,
especially the view of the hedge of azaleas just in front of the
camellias. I prune them about once every 3-5 years.
A bush might interfere with the coverage from a sprinkler system.
An overgrown camellia might be in the way of having a house painted
or a lawn mowed. And there is always a desire to shape a bush for
Unlike with many other broadleaf evergreens that can be cut at any
time and might even be sheared, there is an optimum way to cut a
camellia and an optimum time.
By the way, unlike other fruit trees, citrus does not need to be
pruned. However, I am always nipping growth on my three dwarf
citrus trees, just to keep them looking nice.
i'd do any pruning after the builders had departed and just remove an
damage they may cause....incidently there is a chinese method o
pruning Camellia where shoots and branches are removed leaving gap
just large enough for a bird to " fly through " without touching th
plant. i tried this method on some large new transplants and found...i
the uk at least...that the greater air movement this pruning styl
allows meant the individual flowers lasted longer because they drie
out quicker after rain
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