are tiny white flecks along the veins of my camellia's leaves and it looks
sickly and yellow. What's wrong with my plant?
It sounds like your camellia may have tea scale. This sucking insect settles along the leaves and sucks the sap out of the plant, stunting growth and causing the leaves to turn yellow. It is most problematic in the southern part of the zone in which camellias may be grown.
Tea scale is difficult to control because it has many overlapping generations
throughout the year. The tiny, mobile crawlers are easily killed
by spraying the plant with horticultural oil, but repeated treatment is
needed to get rid of successive generations as they hatch.
want to select the best possible location for my camellia. What conditions
does it need?
Camellias grow best in rich, well drained slightly acidic soil that
contains ample amounts of organic matter. They also need partial
shade, and in the northern part of the region where they may be grown they
need some protection from drying winter winds and extreme cold. A
location with some morning shade is ideal since morning sun can cause the
leaf tissue to heat up too rapidly, resulting in scorch. Camellias
also need a dependable supply of soil moisture, especially when buds are
maturing and the plants are beginning to flower. Drought or cold
weather at this time may result in loss of most of the flower buds before
they have a chance to open.
Last Updated May 13, 2002
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