Why do my camellias have buds but do not bloom? How can I remove fan palms that are growing in the middle of my plants?

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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 15, 2012
    Camellias can be finicky bloomers, Eileen, and it is tough to get some varieties to bloom at all. Do you know what type or cultivar you have? How much sunlight is it getting? What about irrigation? When are you fertilizing?Have you tried disbudding, or removing the excess buds the plant produces? Palm seedlings are easiest to deal with when they are small. I find a pair of pliers works well to help you grab low on the seedling and pull. If they have gotten larger than that, you could try dipping a foam brush in glyphosate (commonly sold as Roundup) and painting them, making sure not to get any of the chemical on your other plants.

  • Proper fertilization ( 4 times per year with an Azalea / Camellia) and don't over water.

  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Feb 15, 2012
    If they have buds now, they may bloom later. Some varieties bloom in March/April.

  • Erica Glasener Erica Glasener on Feb 15, 2012
    I agree with Walter, I have a camellia that is budded but not blooming, it will bloom soon. I should fertilize but don't and it does just fine.

  • EILEEN C EILEEN C on Feb 15, 2012
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • EILEEN C EILEEN C on Feb 15, 2012
    Thanks Douglas. Unfortunately , I do not know what type camellia I have. Also, do you know how to remove fan palms that grow in between plants?

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 15, 2012
    Eileen, how big are the fan palms? I gave you some tips in my first answer, but if you tell us the size I'll try to be more specific.

  • EILEEN C EILEEN C on Feb 16, 2012
    Douglas........I apologize for not having read all that you had posted initially. I have tried to spray a little roundup on the fan palms. Perhaps I did not put enough on. I thank you for your help. P.S. I will try the pliers first............Thanks again.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 16, 2012
    It would definitely be better to pull them if you can. Otherwise, try painting the Roundup on them full-strength. There's less danger of getting it on neighboring plants and you'll get better coverage.

  • EILEEN C EILEEN C on Feb 17, 2012
    Thank you Douglas.