PbD | Is my camellia dying?

When you look at the center branch of this camellia below, you can see it looks bad, sick maybe.  There is only that one sad brown leaf on it…

BUT, if you look very closely, you can see there is a bud on the middle of the naked branch…

Now is the perfect time to help the Camellia by pruning the branch back to the bud.  By pruning it back this way, the plant can focus it’s energy into helping the new bud develop into food producing foliage.  Once you prune it, it will be much happier.  Take off the brown leaf as well.

 

Here’s how to prune the branch…

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About adele

Adele Medina O'Dowd is a principal of Pruning by Design and willowlandscapedesign.net. She has been designing and working in gardens professionally since 2007 and before that as a web site and interactive designer for museums. She received a certificate in landscape design in 2009 from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1988 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, Adele was a featured speaker at the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council’s annual conference.
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