Camellia – Gibbing with Gibberelic Acid

Q: Can you repeat your radio comments concerning the enhancement of camellia blooms? I believe you said to add a chemical of some sort.

A: “Gibbing” camellias is the process of placing a drop of gibberellic acid growth hormone on the small leaf bud next to a large camellia flower bud. The hormone makes the flower bloom earlier and it may develop much larger. This is particularly helpful for the early-blooming Camellia japonica varieties, which are often damaged by winter cold. The best time to apply the hormone is September through October.

You can buy gibberellic acid online.

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