Gardinias - Knowledgebase Question

League City, Tx
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Question by hlojso
September 8, 2005
My gardinia plant is loosing its leaves. It did great all summer. There is no fungus or aphids on the plant. It is getting the same amount of water it always has. Does it need fertilizerIf so, what kind? Thank You, J. Oldenkamp

Answer from NGA
September 8, 2005

Leaf drop on a gardenia may be due to lack of soil moisture for a period of time. Strangely enough soggy wet conditions can also damage roots and lead to loss of foliage. Lack of nutrients may cause a loss of green color especially in the older leaves but not usually leaf drop. I'd suggest you focus on soil moisture and hopefully the plant will turn around soon and stop dropping leaves. I also should add that loss of older foliage periodically is not unusual for a gardenia.

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