How to get gardenia and miniature orange plants to bloom - Knowledgebase Question

hollis, nh
Question by hrhhollis
July 29, 2006
Have both gardenia and miniature orange plants thriving with lots of new shiny leaves but no buds or blossoms. What care should I be giving them?


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Answer from NGA
July 29, 2006

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Both plants need sunshine in order to bloom. The citrus can spend the summer outdoors in full sunshine; the gardenia will appreciate morning sun and afternoon shade. 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, avoid direct mid-day sun in the summer. Keep the soil moist at all times except winter when watering should be reduced. Mist the leaves frequently, and repot every 2-3 years.

Best wishes with your plants!

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