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Aborquez
Jun 16, 2016 5:20 PM CST
I would like to consider myself an avid gardener, but for some reason I cannot, for the life of me, grow gardenias. I tried with a smaller bush variety last summer and the buds just grew and never opened, then fell off. Now this summer I have decided to try again, but this time it is a tree. It started off great with several nice blooming flowers. Now a lot of the leaves are turning yellow and the buds are doing the same, growing and then falling off. Sometimes they turn brown or almost dry out before ever opening up. Is there something I am doing wrong? As of now it sitsnon the front porch, facing east receiving the morningmorning and early afternoon sun. I water it every 2-3 days depending on the heat level outside, and have not fertilized it yet. Any helpful tips would be great! Thanks!
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zuzu
Jun 16, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Where are you located? Some locations are just not right for gardenias. I'm in northern California and I don't know anyone here that has grown a gardenia successfully.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jun 16, 2016 8:58 PM CST

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My Mom has a couple in pots doing quite well. Green Grin!
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jun 16, 2016 10:14 PM CST
Inside or outside? Everyone I know has tried to grow gardenias here and has given up after the first year or two.
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Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jun 16, 2016 11:05 PM CST

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Outside, by her porch. I jut bought a little 4 inch pot and am trying it too. I've seen a few around here in the ground.
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