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Camellia under the snow

Camellia under the snow


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Question: camellia under the snow


Gent.Esperti, in my garden I have a camellia plant that in these days of heavy snowfall remained completely under the snow. Now most of the leaves have been released but the rest is still under the snow. Is it better not to touch it or free it completely? The area is the province of North Rome and in these days. still the night the temp. they are close to 0. I thank you in advance Cordially Maria Grazia P.

Answer: camellia under the snow


Dear Maria Grazia,
the camellia plants are generally well resistant to frost and snow, even when often, the positioning in half-shade, causes the persistence of snowfall for long weeks.
The only problem that may arise concerns flowering: camellias generally prepare their buds already in late summer or early autumn: the snow on the buds can ruin them irreparably, and the cold can cause them to rot.
In general, camellias are also grown in areas with very cold winters, and despite this they do not suffer any damage; considers that the biggest party for the camellia bloom is held every year in Locarno, Switzerland, and the only year in which this festival was not held dates back a few years ago, when an excessively hot winter caused premature flowering of almost all the plants, which in February had already faded. That being said, I wouldn't worry too much, also because the particular "glacial" climate that sometimes occurs in Italy is not destined to last for several weeks, and therefore the snow will melt quickly as it came.
And in any case, if the buds of your camellia had to be ruined by the cold, they have already done it, freeing them from the snow will not necessarily remedy any frosts already received.
Let's think about the coming years; even if you live in an area of ​​Italy not traditionally subject to snow or frost, you can already in autumn carry some cloth of non-woven fabric (you can find it easily in any nursery, or in DIY stores), you find them in flat packages, which they occupy the space of a folded tablecloth; if in the coming years, in winter, the weather promises to be decidedly unfavorable, before the frost arrives, cover your camellias, so you will be sure that they remain sheltered from the most intense frost. It is enough to cover them with the cloth, and to fix it to the base, there are also comfortable caps, with laces in the lower part, to be able to firmly stop them.
Once the frost period has passed, remove the tissue and your camellias will not even notice the drop in temperature.
If instead for the next few years the winter climate will be more lenient, you will have in your drawer a new package of non-woven fabric, which you will keep without problems for many years, has no expiry date and is not easily ruined.
The comfort of the woven fabric lies in its lightness and ease of handling, but also in the fact that it is breathable, in fact many plants were ruined by the lack of water and condensation, when instead of the woven fabric (which did not exist) our grandmothers used the sheets of transparent plastic.