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Transplanting and Pruning Camellia

We have a beautiful camellia bush that we would like to move. It’ s about 5 feet tall. When is the best time to move it? And, should we cut it back regularly?

Transplant your camellia anytime between November and February. This gives the plant some time to adjust to its new location before the hot dry weather moves into the area. Consider removing any flower buds that have formed. This allows the plant to focus its energy on root formation rather than flowering. Do minimal pruning the first few years after transplanting. The more leaves on the plant the more energy produced to help develop the new root system. Just remove damaged, dead and crossing branches the first few years. Then prune in spring after flowering and only as needed to maintain a strong framework and the desired size.


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