Pruning camellias requires removing dead or weak wood, shortening lower branches and not pruning more than one-third of the tree at a time. Encourage new growth on camellias by pruning after the plant is done flowering with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to prune camellias. Now the camellia flower is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. And a camellia bush is such a great addition to your garden, 'cause it produces so many flowers that are so fragrant and so beautiful. But you should prune your camellia here and there, just so that it can get some new growth, and that the inner plant will get some sunlight and it will get a lot more flowers. And there's some rules that you can follow. So the best time to prune a camellia is right after it's done flowering, or during the summer and the fall. And so you want to remove all the dead or the weak wood and thin when the growth is so dense that the flowers have no room to open properly. So you can prune anywhere you want on the tree, but make sure that you don't prune more than one third of the branch or one third of the tree at one time. And you want to shorten the lower branches to encourage more of an upright growth, and the lanky branches can be fattened because they're going to get more energy. So we want to cut some of the lanky branches out, but yet, by trimming it back, you will make the tree grow much fuller. So when you want to cut the branches out of your camellia, make sure that you cut it right at the point of last year and this year's growth, because you won't want to cut too far down into the branch, either. So by just trimming some of the branches out, and maybe every third branch, you don't want to cut the whole plant too much, either, you will encourage new growth and lots more flowers the next year.