The Q&A Archives: Planting instructions

Question: I purchased two 3.6 gallon, 4 feet tall (including container) everblooming gardenias. Each plant had four or five green plastic strips of material that were tied around its leaves and branches and around a wooden stick that was deep in the soil and was the length of the plant. I cut those plastic strips and am finding that the plants look unraveled. Was I supposed to leave those plastic strips wrapped around the plant? The plant seemed squished with the plastic strips in place but now I wonder if I need to find a way to replace them? There is no instruction on whether to cut or leave the plastic strips around the plant and wood. Please advise. Each plant was $59.95. Thank you in advance.
Alicia McCar4eins

Answer: You could re-tie the plants to their supports. You could use a soft fabric such as nylon stocking or a strip of stretchy tee shirt fabric. Tie it in a figure eight pattern, loosely around the stem of the plant (avoiding the foliage) and then around the stake. Loosen it as needed to avoid cutting into the bark as the plant grows. Once the plant is self supporting, you can remove the ties. I hope this helps. If you are not sure how to do this, I would suggest you consult with your retailer for additional help. Enjoy your gardenias!

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