The Q&A Archives: Gardenias

Question: I have Gardenia's planted in containers. However the leaves are turning yellow, and there seems to be either a spider or some other pest laying black little spots on the buds. How can I take care of both problems?

Answer: Gardenias are finicky, and any change of location or humidity or sun can set them back. Spider mites can also cause bud distortion, and mites also thrive in dry conditions. Look on the undersides of the leaves for tiny black specks and whitish webbing. If you find the mites, use insecticidal soap or a neem-based insecticide to control them. Routine misting with water also helps raise the humidity and control mites. Hope this helps!

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