How do I control sooty mould on my camellia?

Q.

Hi, I have a very large early flowering camellia tree size with bad sooty mould. How is best to deal with this?

Claire Sutcliffe

A.

Hi Claire

Sooty mould is caused by sucking insects such as scale or aphids. If you look closely you will see bumps on the stem or leaves, or scale insects in the new foliage on the underside of the leaves. We suggest asking your local garden centre or DIY store for a suitable spray for sucking insects to control the insects and therefore the sooty mould.

Regular feeding with Tui Acid Food or Tui Enrich Rose, Camellia, Azalea & Gardenia and applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will help keep the tree healthy.

Thanks, Tui Team 

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