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Jul 22, 2017 12:09 PM CST
I have a gardenia plant that I keep in mu sunroom over winter and place outside in the shade during late spring-fall. It likes the shade and was doing well with many blossoms. I did get one gardenia flower, but all the rest of the buds slowly dropped off. Otherwise the plant is doing well with many new leaves. What did I do wrong, and what can I do to make the buds stay on?
Name: Will Creed
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Jul 22, 2017 12:54 PM CST
Gardenia buds tend to "blast" or die without opening if there is much change in their environment after the buds start to form. It is not clear from your question just when the buds first emerged, but if it was not long after you moved the plant outside, that change could be the cause. More likely, the buds formed after you moved the plant outdoors and they were subsequently exposed to very warm temps. In my experience with indoor Gardenias, temps much above the mid-70s often result in bud blast. Finally, improper watering can cause the buds to die back.

Gardenias are very difficult to flower outside of carefully controlled environments.
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Jul 23, 2017 7:19 AM CST
What kind of Gardenia do you have? If it is this kind...
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

... they love hot weather and tons of sun & moisture. I would think the biggest challenge in trying to keep one in a pot would be providing enough sun.
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