The Q&A Archives: Can I Grow A Jasminoides "aimee" In The House In Flagstaff?

Question: I just bought one of your Jasminoides "Aimee" gardenias and according to the books they are very difficult to grow in side. What exposure should I use and I have my own well-should I buy distilled water? I have humidifiers in each room as it is very dry here. Do I need to use a pebble tray, also? My plant has about twelve buds on it; I am so scared that it will drop its buds. Should I mist regularly, also?

Answer: They take full to partial sun outside, so they will need the brightest location you have indoors. They bloom best in the heat, which Flagstaff doesn't have alot of so this is a challenging plant for your area. Pebble trays are always a good idea indoors to increase humidity. Your well water is probably fine. When you water, let the water soak out the bottom of the pot to help prevent salt build-up. Misting is probably best done with distilled water so salt residues aren't left behind on the foliage; the pebble tray will do a better job for you. Fertilize about once a month with an acidic fertilizer, such as one for azaleas. Finally, plants usually undergo shock when they are brought into a new environment, so it is quite possible that the plant will drop its buds and some foliage. That doesn't mean it's dying--just that it needs to acclimate to its new surroundings. Good luck!

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