eating my camellia buds
camellias are full of buds and just as they are starting to burst
they appear to be eaten. What is it that is doing this and how do
you control it?
could be slugs and snails or "balling" causing damage to your camellias.
If the buds are chewed
it is likely to be slugs and snails use an appropriate slug
bait around the base of the tree.
If it is "balling" the
buds will show colour but won't open; they turn brown and drop.
There are a number of reasons for this frost, rain, or drought
over the summer months. Plant late-flowering varieties if you suspect
frost. Mulch around the tree in spring and autumn to help conserve
soil moisture and prevent drying out. Regular watering in dry periods
will also help.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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