Drooping Leaves On Gardenia Plant. - Knowledgebase Question

Glendale, CA
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Question by norm1952
February 11, 2002
What could be the cause of drooping leaves on my gardenia
plant? Please help.

Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
February 11, 2002
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You didn't say whether your Gardenia is indoors in a pot or outside in the landscape, but considering your location I'm going to assume it's outdoors. There are many things that can cause leaf droop and leaf drop. One is common - gardenias are very susceptible to spider mites, which cause tiny webs on the undersides of leaves and where the leaves join the stems. Another way to detect them is to take a sheet of white paper out to the bush, tap a few branches on to the paper, fold the paper in half and press/rub together. If you see little red, blue, or brown smears, those are spider mites. You can spray them off with a strong blast from the hose (do this daily until they're under control). A product called Neem can also be used to treat for spider mites. Follow product instructions for application.

Gardenias need at least a half day of full sun to bloom, but at the same time, the hot afternoon sun can be tough on them. Morning sun is best, so an eastern location would be ideal. You might also try a southern or western exposure with some filtered shade. Buds that turn black or drop and bottom leaves that are yellowed are sure signs that gardenias aren't getting enough light.

Leaf drop can also be caused by improper soil pH (gardenia require 5 to 5.5pH - on the acid side.) Yellowing and leaf drop are also signs of various soil nutrient deficiencies such as nitrogen, zinc, and iron.

Finally, if the air is too dry, your plant will drop buds and leaves. Try sprinkling the plant every morning to increase humidity (and also discourage spider mites!).

Hope these suggestions help!


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A comment from jesseymv
April 20, 2024
My plant is in door and I keep it by the window. I keep the soil wet and I spray the leaves. The 1st week, the plant was beautiful and it had a lot of buds ready for the flowers to boom. I got 3 beautiful gardenias out of it. Now the plant is druppy. Do I need to replant the plant?

Please advise

Thank you
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