Taking care of plants in my backyard - Knowledgebase Question

Rancho Cordova, Ca
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Question by mosmisandee
September 20, 2009

We just had our backyard done. We planted few palms, Gardenias, Jasmine, Citrus, Lavendars & philodendron, Japanese maple, baby tears. Please advise care for all of these plants. For now my main concern is my gardenias are dying :-(. I am going out of country in 2 weeks time for a month & I need to do something about it. Please advise. Thanks you!!!

Answer from NGA
September 20, 2009
If you plan to be gone for extended periods of time, I would strongly recommend installing a drip irrigation system. It would be a shame to lose your plants to droughty conditions! All landscape trees and shrubs suffer varying degrees of transplant shock. This can show up as wilted or dropping leaves, failure to bloom and otherwise unthrifty appearance. As soon as the roots become established they should perk right up and you can safely prune off any dead leaves or stems. Gardenias prefer moist, slightly acidic soils and do best with morning sun and shade from afternoon sunshine. The also like slightly acidic soils. You can mulch under the plants with peatmoss and feed with an acidified liquid fertilizer to help keep them green and producing lots of flowers. Enjoy your new garden!

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