gardenia tree - Knowledgebase Question

north port, Fl
Question by tomgingw
May 8, 2010
best soil, fertilizing, and watering for new gardenia tree

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010


Gardenia prefers soils on the acidic side so work some peat moss or compost into your garden soil and into the planting hole prior to planting in the landscape. If you're planting in a container, use regular potting soil. Don't feed until it has had a few weeks to become established. When you begin to see new growth, feed with an acidified fertilizer (such as Miracid). Water deeply immediately after planting and then check the soil moisture by sticking your finger in to your second knuckle. If the soil is still moist, you won't have to water for a few days. If it feels, dry, it's time to water. Good luck with your new gardenia.

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