Gardenia Shrub - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, Ma
Question by bunnyloughr
January 28, 2011
Does not bloom. What is problem


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Answer from NGA
January 28, 2011

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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.

Once you expose your plant to the correct temperature, you should see flower buds develop and open. Here are a few more tips: 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. It's natural for the older leaves of gardenias to turn yellow and drop off. New leaves will grow in their places. 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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