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Name: Imaeus
Dayton, ohio
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Imaeus
Mar 21, 2014 10:22 PM CST
Feel free to share what you know. Along with your thoughts, tips and secrets towards growing this beautiful 'tree bush'.
Name: Imaeus
Dayton, ohio
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Imaeus
Mar 21, 2014 10:28 PM CST
I recently purchased a gardeina and got some miracid from miracle gro. Going on week 2 and so far so good. I got her gnats down to one as far as I can see. I picked out the healthiest looking of the bunch, so hopefully I can get some flowers this year. I also use flower thrive on my violets, datura, flowering shamrocks, cyclamen and Christmas cactuses once every monday to keep them on a schedule.


Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 26, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Hi, Imaeus! You might want to put something in your profile about where you are. So much of gardening is climate/location-based. Generally though, plant Gardenia is a very sunny spot. Unless there's drought, it shouldn't need supplemental watering after the first summer. I've never fertilized the shrub in our yard, just keep the base mulched. It blooms well. This is a weird shrub that can make an occasional flower at any time of year, but there's a main flush of them in early summer.

...or are you planning to keep it in a pot?
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Name: Imaeus
Dayton, ohio
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Imaeus
Mar 29, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Yes, I am! I figured it would be easier to control the ph if it is in a pot. I bought miracid and organic potting soil along with a regular bag of potting mix. She has flower buds on her now. So im going to wait and see if she blooms for me first, before I transplant her.She is so root bound too.

Im located in the Miami valley region of ohio. Close to dayton. I noticed there is a member in huber heights, which is fairly close.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 31, 2014 8:30 AM CST
I lived in OH until moving here, cool to meet someone from OH. It would be too cold over winter for Gardenia to survive outside, so keeping it in a pot is "the choice" for where you are - LOL! Putting it outside for summer sunshine (or very close to a sunny window if outside is not an option) should lead to some awesome blooms though. Best of luck!

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Name: Imaeus
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Imaeus
Apr 2, 2014 6:19 PM CST
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Name: Imaeus
Dayton, ohio
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Imaeus
Apr 2, 2014 6:21 PM CST
Thanks! Im originally from the Tampa bay area in Florida. I bought her in a krogers and she has recovered from the Gnat things nicely.
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metmat
Apr 24, 2014 7:11 AM CST
Howdy! I'm in East Texas, and my gardenia has white flies and aphids.
How do I control those ?
Thanks for your help.
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Name: Imaeus
Dayton, ohio
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Imaeus
Apr 24, 2014 6:34 PM CST
Usually soapy water works, but im not sure with gardeina's.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
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purpleinopp
Apr 26, 2014 7:10 AM CST
Metmat, is your plant in a pot or in the landscape? This would be helpful to know for folks to give you the most appropriate advice. What else can you say about it? Is it getting plenty of sun? Has the weather been normal, extra dry, extra wet? How old is your Gardenia?

White flies can fly, so much more difficult to battle. Aphids can be removed from a plant with water and fingers. But I've never found it necessary to battle pests on landscape plants. Pests come and go sometimes, and rarely cause more than slight cosmetic damage to a healthy plant, just part of nature. If one is always killing pests, beneficial predator insects have no source of food, and are often also killed if they've shown up and are also 'on site.' Beneficial predators don't show up *before* pests. Those who would insist every leaf should always be perfect and every pest must be proactively 'handled,' are trying to sell you a package of something. I don't own any packages of stuff like that, and don't find any of it necessary. I also don't think I'm capable of controlling nature, with or without packages of stuff from a store, or that attempting to do such is a good idea.

OTOH, a potted plant can be more at risk. Each package of stuff should say what pests it's known to kill, and what plants won't be harmed by it. Gardenia, being such a popular and ubiquitous plant, would be one of the easiest for which to find a package of stuff that will do the job. Just read the labels, and follow the instructions, if that's what you feel is necessary.

I'm sorry for 'going all philosophical' this morning, and please know it was just that, not personal. I feel strongly that if people would stop trying to micromanage nature, they would be pleasantly surprised by how well the natural order of things 'works' and am sometimes triggered by a perfectly innocent question to share what I believe, my personal opinions, much more info than was solicited.

I hope you enjoy your Gardenia well, and that you find similar peace with the occasional pest, or, if you prefer, a package of stuff that that does the trick!

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