I have lived in this house for seven years and this is the FIRST TIME this camellia has ever bloomed. EVER. Granted I relocated it right when I moved in and we’ve had some bitter cold weather the past couple years – down to 10°F. The coldest we got this year was more like 28°F. Plus I added drip irrigation to its base last year and watered over the summer for the first time (during bud development). Normally, I end up with black buds and no blooms.
Plus, I add compost to the garden soil every year in the spring and I mulch.
Any Camellia experts out there want to chime in on how I can get this beauty to bloom every year? I’d love to hear what you think and/or do.