help me - Knowledgebase Question

milwaukee, wi
Question by aliaa29
June 29, 2005
hi a week a go i bought one of your collection (gardenia)it was full of blooms i got one flower but all the others start falling i don't know why..by the way this is not the first time i got gardenia..and i used to have the same problem...


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Answer from NGA
June 29, 2005

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Growing healthy gardenia plants can be a challenge, even for seasoned gardeners. You will need to keep your gardenia in a container and winter the plant indoors. Gardenias require a rich, very acid soil (pH 4.5 to 5.0). An abundance of moisture and high humidity is the most important factor in successful gardenia culture. Unfortunately, gardenia is often a disappointment to gardeners because it can be very, very demanding. For flower buds to form and thrive, night temperatures need to be between 60-65F. During the day, temperatures should be 70-75F. A very constant, even temperature is required or buds will drop. Bright light is essential, but avoid direct mid-day sun in the summer. Best of luck with your gardenia!

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