gardenia - Knowledgebase Question

Toms River, Ne
Question by ekurt103
April 6, 2010
Received gardenia plant.Instead of planting it outside,can it be trans planted into a larger container as a house plant?

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2010


You can grow your gardenia in a container as a houseplant exclusively, or you can pot it up, enjoy it outdoors in the summertime and bring it indoors for the fall and winter. When it's indoors, give it bright light, but not direct afternoon sunshine. In order to bloom, your plant needs a nighttime temperature of 60F - 65F degrees and a daytime temperature about 10 degrees warmer. Without an even temperature and careful watering, gardenias will drop their flower buds while they're still unopened. Keep the soil moist using tepid, soft water, and mist the plant every day to keep the plant happy. Fertilize with a water soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants such as Miracid following the label instructions. It's natural for the older leaves of gardenias to turn yellow and drop off. New leaves will grow in their places. To keep your plant tidy and to encourage new growth, pinch back the growing tips of the stems. Gardenias don't like to be repotted more often than every 2-3 years. Do so in the spring, using a good commercial potting soil for acid loving plants, and putting the plant in a new pot that's only slightly larger than the old one. Enjoy your new plant.

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