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Camellias yellowing

My camellia leaves are turning yellow. I was going to give them some nitrophoska. Am I on the right track?


Camellias grow best in a well-drained, slightly acidic soil with lots of organic matter, so check that this is the case first.

If it is the younger leaves that are going yellow, then it sounds like you may have an iron deficiency.  A liquid product such as Sequestrene is your best bet to sort that out.

If it is the older leaves going yellow, then nitrophoska would be fine (Camellias are acid-loving, but will tolerate neutral pH soil, so you don't really need to use a specific fertliser for them).

UnitecAdvice by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor of Resource Management.

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