gardenia tree - Knowledgebase Question

North Port, Fl
Avatar for gj_sutherlan
Question by gj_sutherlan
May 7, 2009
I planted a gardenia 4 ft. tree in a large pot. I put the hose on it and forgot about it, soaking it thoroughly. Then, trying to dry it out, it became too dry. I hoped to save it by planting it in the ground. The leaves (most, but not all) are turning brown and though there were buds, they are not opening. However, when I snip a branch, the inside is still green. Is there still hope?

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2009
I think your gardenia will be fine, providing the roots were not submerged for more than about 24 hours. Sitting in water, or in saturated soils for prolonged times can suffocate roots. Since you rescued it and planted it in the ground, it should be fine. The browning buds are probably a result of root stress, both from the the water and from being transplanted. I'd just give the plant a few weeks to adjust. When you start to see new growth, cut it back a little to encourage even more healthy new growth. It should flower for you later this summer. Enjoy!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "mouse ears"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.