Gardenia Flower - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by goyalmk16
July 30, 2010
we have gardenia shrub but it's not growing and blooming. We planted it about 3 months back in a well drained large pot. It never bloomed/grow. any suggestion for best blooming


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Answer from NGA
July 30, 2010

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Gardenias have a well-earned reputation for being difficult specimens for even the experienced gardeners. In order to bloom, your plant needs a nighttime temperature of 60F - 65F degrees and a daytime temperature about 10 degrees warmer. Without an even temperature and careful watering, gardenias will drop their flower buds while they're still unopened. Keep the soil moist using tepid, soft water, and mist the plant every day to keep the plant happy. Fertilize with a water soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants such as Miracid following the label instructions. To keep your plant tidy and to encourage new growth, pinch back the growing tips of the stems. Gardenias don't like to be repotted more often than every 2-3 years. Do so in the spring, using a good commercial potting soil for acid loving plants, and putting the plant in a new pot that's only slightly larger than the old one.

Best wishes with your gardenia!

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