Can I root these pieces of a camellia that I accidentally cut off?


I was cutting away a tree that had somehow been in the pot when I bought a camellia bush about 4 yrs ago. The accidental plant had grown to be at least 12 ft tall but my camellia was being pushed aside at the bottom and I had no idea. I always wondered why my "camellia" only bloomed at the bottom until a landscape architect friend discovered there were two separate plants growing in the same space. Yesterday I cut away the one I didn't want and accidentally cut off these 3 pieces of the camellia, complete with buds. 😢 Is there a way to save these by rooting them?

q can i root these pieces of a camellia that i accidentally cut off
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  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Oct 21, 2018

    you can try scraping off some of the bark, dipping in in rooting hormone and putting it in a growing medium. wet it well, cover with plastic and give it about 4/6 weeks. it may or may not root. never know.

    • Louise Louise on Oct 21, 2018

      What kind of growing medium? Cover the container AND the plants with plastic, like encasing them both? Clear or not clear plastic? And put it where? Can I leave it outside or should I bring it inside? Should it sit in sunlight or does that matter? I'm in metro Atlanta and it's getting colder -- not bad yet -- if the temperature matters.

  • Patricia Barnes Patricia Barnes on Oct 21, 2018

    The best way to root camellias, is just after they flower. When the flowers start to look brown on the edges, cut the flower about 6 to 7 inches from the bush. Stick them in moist soil and keep the soil moist. They will root for you soon and I have done this many times. It works.

    • Louise Louise on Oct 21, 2018

      So I guess that means this aren't a candidate for rooting since they haven't bloomed?

  • Patricia Barnes Patricia Barnes on Oct 21, 2018

    probably not, but, try it like the blooms, anyway. It is worth a try.

  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Oct 21, 2018

    just use a clear or almost clear trashbag and put in the whole tray. use regular potting soil for your plant medium. rooting medium has little styrofoam balls in it. could never see how that was any better than just plain dirt. the trash bag is to keep it moist so you don't have to water it all the time. keep it near a window where it gets light but not outside in the direct sun or they will cook. it's like a greenhouse.

    maybe a garage window.

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