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Question: I planted a Gardenia three years ago outside and hasn't bloomed. It stands about 18 inches and the foliage is great.Nice green ,but it seems to just stay at 18 inches . But the good news is ,it has sprouted a shoot about three feet from base of plant. My question is how long does it take to bloom. Anything I can do

Answer: If your gardenia has been in the garden for three years, it is certainly old enough to bloom. Perhaps it needs more sunshine. Gardenia's grow best in filtered shade, so find a spot that provides some morning sun, but is protected from hot afternoon sunshine. A northern or eastern exposure will suit it just fine. Plant in loamy, but fast-draining soil. The roots grow near the surface so mulch around the plant to keep weeds down, rather than cultivating around the stem and roots. To keep the plant healthy and happy, sprinkle water on the leaves in the early morning during the summertime. Once your gardenia gets the sunlight it needs, it should begin blooming for you. Enjoy!

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