dwarf gardenia foliage is turning yellow, why and how do I stop it? - Knowledgebase Question

Dallas, TX
Question by kitseyskanva
November 7, 2005
I purchased twelve dwarf gardenias and I planted them in a sunny spot. I have very rich dark soil and I mixed in manure and waterer daily some of the leaves are turning yellow and fallin off. What's happening to my plants and why?


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Answer from NGA
November 7, 2005

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Kitsey,

The yellow leaves could point to several different causes. I suspect that you are referring to older leaves as opposed to new leaves at the end of the branches. If I am not correct about this please submit another question with details to the Monrovia website.

Yellowing and drop of older leaves is most likely due to transplant shock...especially if you planted in the last few weeks. The plants will get over it with good care and time. Other causes of these symptoms on established plants include dry or soggy wet soil conditions for a period of time. Again good care and alleviation of the soil moisture extreme will help the plants turn around and resume normal growth.

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