Answer: Gardenias can be difficult to grow as houseplants but they must be grown indoors at least part of the year in colder climates. They are usually kept in containers year round rather than planted in the ground and dug. This minimizes the transitional shock when moving the plant indoors or outdoors which is important because these plants seem to resent environmental changes. Ideally, the plant needs a very bright indoor location (although outdoors it would prefer slight shade), slightly cooler night time temperatures in the upper 50's, and an evenly moist yet well drained, acidic soil. It also requires high humidity such as that provided by a humidifier or humidity tray. Unfortunately, this plant reacts to stress by dropping its buds and can be difficult to keep in blooming condition at home without a greenhouse, so do not be too discouraged if you have trouble with it.
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