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Jun 19, 2017 7:48 AM CST
My Gardenia plant has brown leaves,and no longer has the shiny leaves it had,when I received it.I live in Michigan,so I can't plant it outdoors.It is still in the same container,and it has pebbles in the bottom of the container I have it in.It also is in my East window,where it gets the sun.Please tell me what I am doing wrong.It also had blooms on it but only a couple had opened.Thank you.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 19, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Up pot it with some good draining soil. I think they make special blend, soil for them. Lose the old soil and forget the pebbles in bottom.
If that doesent do it. More light. May be in order.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Jun 19, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Should I use a bigger pot with a drainage hole in bottom.I believe the pot is in a 6 or 8 inch pot now?
Jun 19, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Thank you for responding to my question about my Gardinia,should I plant it in a bigger pot with a drainage hole?I believe it's in. 6,or8inch pot now
Name: Elaine
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Jun 19, 2017 12:48 PM CST
You don't necessarily need a bigger pot but you absolutely do need drainage holes. If the pot it's in now doesn't have drainage, that's probably your problem. It will be very obvious when you slip the plant out of the pot. The bottom of the root ball will be soggy and it might smell rotten, because the roots haven't had any air.

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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 24, 2017 10:24 AM CST
I agree with Elaine that a larger pot will not help. Gardenias are very difficult plants to maintain indoors. The buds are very temperature and light sensitive. If temps go above 70 degrees F., the buds are likely to fall off. Likewise, exposure to too much direct sunlight is not good, but it also must have very bright indirect sunlight all day long. This is not an easy plant!
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