as soon as my gardenia plant blooms,the flowers turn brown and fall off,what can I do to remedy the - Knowledgebase Question

merritt island, Fl
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Question by merlinda205
July 4, 2007
If you can advise me how to remedy a beautiful,blossoming potted gardenia bush,the blossoms turn brown and immediately fall off the tree. I have watered and fertilized per the directions. The leaves are shiny,the flowers beautiful,but fall immmediately upon bloom.

Thank you

Answer from NGA
July 4, 2007

Browning is the natural end result of gardenia blooms but it sounds like yours are turning brown way too soon. There are some bloom blights that can cause that problem. Such blights are increased by wet conditions such as frequent rainy spells or sprinkler irrigation hitting the blooms. Spraying fungicide sprays can help but you need to repeat sprays after rainy spells to maintain protection. It also can help to remove brown and dried blooms to reduce the incidence of disease.

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