Sue Waller in Bulimba, Brisbane Queensland
Nature of problem:
Unhappy Camalia sasanqua Jennifer Susans – We planted a row of 13 Jennifer Susans 2 years ago & they have never taken off. Have lost 5 & the majority of those remaining are very spindly. They have flowered once.
Type of Plant (if known):
Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Very spindly, die-back, some have died all together, very little new growth ever
Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Good qualitÿ soil & the landscapers who planted the garden originally have been back & checked the ph etc
How often do you water the plant:
Winter 2-3 times/week, summer 4 times
How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Dappled sun 1-3 hours
How long since you planted it:
Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Camelia fertiliser, dynmic lifter, chicken poo several times per year
Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
What other treatments have you given the plant:
Seesol on leaves & roots, light prune
Upload photo if available:
Should we give up. Would Brazilian Plume Flower work in this climate in the shady spot. we feel we have tried everything with the camlias.
Hi Sue, The photo with your query was not clear enough for me to diagnose what has gone wrong, so I am not very able to help. However, 1-3 hours of dappled light for a sasanqua camellia is not enough. Sasanqua camellias are OK in Brisbane’s climate. Justicia carnea (Brazilian plume flower) would be a far better choice. Don.