MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Where - NHC Arboretum
TIME - Welcome 6:30, Meeting at 7:00 P.M.
NOTE - APRIL MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED !!!
70th Tidewater Camellia Club Show and Camellia Sale
February 22nd and 23rd
Thank you to all who volunteered to put on this event. Our appreciation also to those who came to view the blooms, the garden, the exhibits, and to buy camellias or club jewelry.
We hope you had a chance to view the CAMELLIA SCULPTURE by artist Holly Felice, now at the NHC Arboretum
Thank you to the artists of the Wilmington Art Assoc., the Ikebana Int'l Chapter 212, the Wilmington Orchid Society, and the Cape Fear Bonsai Society
Show Chairperson - Diane Clark
April Camellia Care
Pick up, remove, destroy all dead blooms to avoid petal blight (a fungal disease).
Put them in your garden trash container. DO NOT put these dead blooms into your compost pile.
Prune to control interior growth and plant height, after plant has quit blooming and before significant new growth begins.
Apply an Azalea/ Rhododendron/ Camellia fertilizer, e.g., Vertagro 16-4-8, or Holly Tone, or your favorite organic. Follow fertilizer instructions, e.g., for a large plant (6 ft or higher), sprinkle 1 cup of fertilizer at the drip line. Water in the fertilizer after application.
Check pH of soil and add necessary chemicals to keep in the 6.0-7.0 range - sulfur to lower pH (more acid) and dolomitic lime to raise it (more alkaline).
If scale or other insect problems are observed, spray plants with dormant oil (All Season, NEEM, or Volck).
A prime time for air-layering (a propagation technique).
Also a good time to plant new or indoor over-wintered camellias, after the last frost.
Mulch plant base or bed as desired.