The Q&A Archives: General Gardenia Questions

Question: I purchased a Gardenia (only about 1 1/2' tall) and now I don't know where to plant it! Should it be planted in direct sun or partial? I have been told that it attracts spiders, though I find from previous questions that maybe they meant spidermites. Any information you could give would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Answer: The most common gardenia is the G. jasminoides or cape<br>jasmine. Gardenias require a rich very acid soil, with a pH<br>of 4.5 to 5. An abundance of moisture is the most important<br>factor in successful gardenia culture. <br><br>Light, shifting high pine shade or morning sun with afternoon shade is best for gardenias. <br><br>Pests of gardenias are thrips, red spider mites and mealy<br>bugs. Mites may be combated by a daily spraying of the <br>foliage with clear water. Thrips and mealybugs may be handpicked, but will trouble the plant very little if it<br>is in robust health. <br>

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