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Keko9
Jul 5, 2017 11:12 AM CST
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I have bonsai kleims hardy gardenia i have it in acid soil with pumice and lava rock, but for some reason the buds and leaves are during yellow, should i add blood meal. Any suggestions i would appreciate
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TennesseeDave
Jul 5, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Any possibility that you are overwatering?
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robynanne
Jul 5, 2017 1:09 PM CST
I know nothing about this plant... but that yellow in my pepper or tomato plants means it needs more nutrients in the soil. Nitrogen is usually a safe bet for leaves, so sure, add some blood meal and see if that helps.
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Keko9
Jul 5, 2017 2:43 PM CST
robynanne said:I know nothing about this plant... but that yellow in my pepper or tomato plants means it needs more nutrients in the soil. Nitrogen is usually a safe bet for leaves, so sure, add some blood meal and see if that helps.


Thank you for your suggestion i will keep updated
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Keko9
Jul 5, 2017 2:44 PM CST
TennesseeDave said:Any possibility that you are overwatering?

Thank you you are probably right I will cut back and keep you updated
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WillC
Jul 8, 2017 9:58 AM CST
A "Hardy" Gardenia simply means that it tolerates colder temps than others of the same species. However, in general, Gardenias are difficult plants that are not very forgiving of lapses in care or changes in their environment.

If you can duplicate the light, water, and temperatures of where it was grown, that would be best. Otherwise, protect it from outdoor direct sunlight and keep temps below 80 degrees F. at times. Water it as soon as the surface of the soil is just barely damp. Fertilizer will not help because nutrient deficiency is not an issue here. Focus on proper light and watering and be patient. It will also need regular pruning to maintain its bonsai shape.
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Keko9
Jul 9, 2017 5:58 PM CST
WillC said:A "Hardy" Gardenia simply means that it tolerates colder temps than others of the same species. However, in general, Gardenias are difficult plants that are not very forgiving of lapses in care or changes in their environment.

If you can duplicate the light, water, and temperatures of where it was grown, that would be best. Otherwise, protect it from outdoor direct sunlight and keep temps below 80 degrees F. at times. Water it as soon as the surface of the soil is just barely damp. Fertilizer will not help because nutrient deficiency is not an issue here. Focus on proper light and watering and be patient. It will also need regular pruning to maintain its bonsai shape.

Tku I will give it a try

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