The Q&A Archives: Non Flowering Gardenia

Question: My gardenia flowered the first year and has not for the last few years. Nothing really has changed. Could it be so old that it has stopped?

Answer: Gardenias are particular about their environment and will pout if their needs are not met. For flower buds to form, a night temperature of 60F - 65F is required, and during the day the temperature should be about 10 degrees higher. An even temperature and careful watering are needed to prevent bud drop. Here are some general care tips for gardenias: Give your plant the temperature range it prefers, bright light is essential, but avoid direct midday sun in summer, keep the soil moist at all times but reduce watering in the winter, and use tepid, not cold water. Gardenias prefer soft water and appreciate daily misting. If you follow the above guidelines, your plant should produce attractive leaves and lots of blossoms.

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