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Yuma AZ 85364
desertgarnet
Sep 21, 2017 1:19 PM CST
My question is that my daughter bought me this beautiful gardenia bush two years ago and it was growing well and flowering and just beautiful...I went on vacation for 2 weeks and person watching my dog and house was suppose to water it....it never got watered and living in Yuma Arizona the weather is very hot....the plant has withered up and leaves are still green but dry and falling off the stem...the stem are green....should I just cut the plant back down or what can I do if anything to salvage my beautiful plant? Thank you,, sorry for running on...
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Sep 22, 2017 7:03 AM CST
No no no ๐Ÿ˜ The more info, the better, allways ! Thumbs up
Just leave it be, well of course water it ! Me get silly sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
No fertilizer. Thumbs down
Dont trim, dead leaves will help shade it from getting sunburned.
Depend how hot. You might want to put suncloth/shade over it. When growth starts, remove it slowly.
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A pic would help. Also your temps right now. Thumbs up
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Agree with watering well, then waiting, optimistically, to see what happens.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 22, 2017 4:31 PM CST
Sometimes when a plant gets very dried out, the potting soil is difficult to get wet again. It basically dries to a brick-like state, so it can't absorb water. After you water the plant, try lifting it to see if it feels heavy or not. If it's still relatively light, that means most of the water rushed right through and was not absorbed by the potting soil.

IF that happens, you will need to soak the whole root ball (pot and all if needed) in a large bucket or tub. Use lukewarm water and let it soak for a couple of hours. Let it drain well. Then keep the plant in the shade to see if it puts out new leaves.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2017 5:26 AM CST
Yes, excellent description. Some soils are prone to that, becoming hydrophobic. One of the reasons I try to avoid peat.
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Yuma AZ 85364
desertgarnet
Sep 25, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Thanks everyone for such good advice...I have been watering the poor thing since I got back home ...I will check the soil and see if it is getting proper water....will keep you all informed if this works....thank you again and happy gardening....
Linda Henry....oh Phillip you wanted to know the temp...right now the highs here in Yuma, AZ is in the 90's cooling off to the 70's at night...when I was gone those 2 weeks the temps were over 100. So the plant dried out pretty good..very upset.

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