Gardenia - Knowledgebase Question

Hemet, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by jayandkits
March 23, 2007
Recently bought 10 gal gardenia at Home Depot. I have not yet transplanted. Has lots of buds, but they are turning slightly brown and dropping before they ever open up.

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2007
You've pinpointed the most difficult part of growing gardenias: getting those buds to open. The plants require high humidity and lots of water. Gardenias are finicky, and any change of location or humidity or sun can set them back. Routine misting with water will help raise the humidity around the plant. Once your plant is in the ground and experiences daily misting or sprinkling with a hose, it should hold onto and open those beautiful buds.

Best wishes with your gardenia!

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