what to do with my gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

belleville, Ne
Question by silvannab
November 29, 2009
Hi I need help with my gardenias during the summer they were fantastic but now I don't know what is better live them outside or bring them inside what should I do?Do they resist winter or not? thanks

Answer from NGA
November 29, 2009


Gardenias are frost tender and need to be taken indoors before the weather gets too cold. They won't grow much indoors unless they have supplemental lighting but at least they will remain alive. Expect some leaf drop when they go indoors. The light and temperatures are different than outdoors. But, once they adjust they should perk up and might even put out some new growth. Keep them in a warm room (about 70F) and in bright light but not direct sunshine. Water as needed - when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch and keep it out of drafts from outside doors or heater vents. Best wishes with your gardenia!

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