ALL SCHEDULED IN-PERSON MONTHLY MEETINGS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO COVID-19.
SOCIALLY DISTANT MEETING VENUES AND VIRTUAL MEETINGS ARE PLANNED...SEE CALENDAR.
Topic: 1. Fall Online Bloom Display Show Introduction and Member’s Bloom Submission Guide
2. What's Bugging You - Camellia Diseases and Pests
Speaker: 1. Diane Clark, Show Chair
2. Marty Clark
Where: Virtual by ZOOM, joining details to follow by email to members
Date: October 20
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Club members, watch your email for TCC November Online Bloom Display Show, Oct. 20 to Nov. 30, and other news.
A number of members and guests have asked where they can purchase camellias, particularly since TCC is not having a Fall 2020 plant sale. Local providers, in no particular order:
Transplanted Gardens, Wilmington
Pender Pines Nursery, Hampstead
Johnson's Nursery, Willard
Lowes Home Improvement
This is a season with possible heavy rain and wind from tropical systems. If potted outdoor plants get saturated by heavy rain, monitor soil and do not add more water until soil moisture has returned to a moderate level. For in ground outdoor camellias, maintain drainage for plants that may be in low lying areas or otherwise subject to excess water accumulation from rainfall.
In addition to usual storm precautions, protect yourself in the garden by avoiding broken overhead limbs, power lines, trip hazards, and other debris when re-entering the garden after a storm.
In contrast, Fall can also be a time of prolonged dryness with wind and cool weather, so watering may be needed. Some inland or elevated locations may need to watch for early frost, which may injure new plantings or open blooms.
Other Local Events
Art & The Bloom 2021
New Hanover Garden Club
January 7-10, 2021
See Facebook Announcement
October Camellia Care
Check airlayers. They can usually be taken off of the mother plant by now. Put them in small pots with an appropriate potting or container growing medium (no fertilizer) and leave them in pots until spring.
Fertilization is not needed, but you can fertilize your landscape plants, if desired for root health, with a product labeled as 0-0-22.
Now is a good time to plant new camellias. Depending on your soil, you may want to include a soil amendment, e.g., compost or a 'tree and shrub' commercial product at 50 %.
Gibbing, i.e. treating blooms with gibberellic acid, may be done to enhance bloom size and advance blooming time . (Search gibberellic acid and camellias, or see ACS site.) DO NOT gib more than 4 or 5 bloom buds per established plant at a time. Repeat every other week to provide consistent blooming, e.g., for camellia shows or holiday use. Gibberellic acid is available on line or to members by sending a request to TCC email.
Another way to increase bloom size and limit damage from adjacent blooms is to debud if blooms are overcrowded, leaving 1 bud on the terminal end of a branch.
If you want to root hardened growth cuttings, September through November is the best time to do it.
It's now too late to prune most cultivars without cutting off bloom buds for the coming season.
Pruning to reduce excess density or to limit size will not harm the plant.