HAVE a lovely 'Waterlily' camelia shrub. The last two years the
blooms have not all been perfect. A large number have a pointed
cabbage-like centre that does not open and in most cases drops off
leaving only the outer petals. Is this a case of too much water
or lack of it, as I have noticed other 'Waterlily' shrubs the same
as mine! Hope you can help me please.
are wonderful plants for a show of flowers. The only downside is
when the flowers get water-damaged or fall off from excessive water
Reduce the risks of the
flowers spoiling by improving the drainage in the area. To do this
you may have to raise the plant and add some piping, or move the
plant to a freer draining site. However, I've also seen the 'Waterlily'
camellia drop its petals and have a funny centre - I think it may
just be its nature.
Gardener, Issue 114, 2003, Page 23
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.