General Gardenia Questions - Knowledgebase Question

Melbourne, FL
Question by Garyandana
February 28, 1998
I purchased a Gardenia (only about 1 1/2' tall) and now I don't know where to plant it! Should it be planted in direct sun or partial? I have been told that it attracts spiders, though I find from previous questions that maybe they meant spidermites. Any information you could give would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!


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Answer from NGA
February 28, 1998

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The most common gardenia is the G. jasminoides or cape
jasmine. Gardenias require a rich very acid soil, with a pH
of 4.5 to 5. An abundance of moisture is the most important
factor in successful gardenia culture.

Light, shifting high pine shade or morning sun with afternoon shade is best for gardenias.

Pests of gardenias are thrips, red spider mites and mealy
bugs. Mites may be combated by a daily spraying of the
foliage with clear water. Thrips and mealybugs may be handpicked, but will trouble the plant very little if it
is in robust health.

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