Care of Gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

Simpsonville, So
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Question by dorothydey
February 10, 2010
What is the proper shade/sun location for gardenias. What is the proper fertilizer. Mine did not bloom well last year

Answer from NGA
February 10, 2010
Plant your gardenias in an area that gets full sun in the morning and filtered shade in the afternoon, or in a spot with bright filtered light all day. Overheating causes flower buds to drop off before they can bloom. Nighttime temperatures must be between 50 and 55 degrees for new flower buds to form, so don't expect flowers until the weather is perfect!

Keep the soil moist but not wet, and feed with an acidified fertilizer - one manufactured for camelias, azaleas and gardenias. Feed in amounts as recommended on the label. Flower buds form on new growth so prune your gardenia back after each flush of blooms and you should get lots of flowers all season long. Enjoy!

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