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Name: Johnny
Titusville FL. (Zone 10a)
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neverdone
Oct 20, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Treating her (the diva's) soil with soil sulphur, and miracle grow nature's care liquid fertilizer, has resulted in new fragrant blossoms , and leaf growth to her sparse leggy stature. She was a victim of hurricane Irma, and was blown into nakedness. Her sparse blossoms had no aroma, and leaves we're all gone. After some research in the archives of the NGA on care of the gardenia, it was suggested I try soil sulphur, and liquid fertilizer. In about 4 weeks of good Florida weather, she has made an amazing comeback! This site ROCKS for the avid Gardner! Thank you!, Johnny Thank You!
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The aroma is back! Thank You!

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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
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florange
Oct 22, 2017 8:22 AM CST
She looks beautiful! Amazing that so many plants just need a nudge to recover from hurricanes. I see that in my own yard!

Congratulations Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Johnny
Titusville FL. (Zone 10a)
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neverdone
Oct 22, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Thank you Arlene! She has been temperamental since day one. However in her defense,. I put her near concrete. Strike one. Her soil pH was 7. Strike 2,. Two brutal hurricane's,. I thought she was a gonner,. The information this site offers is a tremendous help to troubleshoot my plants. Thank you for replying and hope you have a nice day. Johnny Thank You!
Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
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florange
Oct 22, 2017 7:28 PM CST
After two brutal hurricanes, I'm surprised to have plants that are alive. My oaks are really having problems. Probably by the first of Dec. I'll get an arborist in here to tell me what to do. They have more leaves than after Matthew, but I feel so sorry for them.

I have an almost black begonia that is close to 4 ft tall. Beaten by two hurricanes and it is afraid to put out shoots. In the next couple of days I'm going out there to liberally sprinkle fertilizer around those plants. Selected plants have been fertilized, but not everyone. Just need to look at the weather forecast and try to determine what to do. Lemons on my Myers lemon tree have had their stems damaged. They are small and not growing. They are trying to turn color but its way too early for that. I think that's what is going to happen. I've fertilized the tree to convince it to put on new leaves. Sorta working.

Name: Johnny
Titusville FL. (Zone 10a)
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neverdone
Oct 23, 2017 9:14 AM CST
I think you are on the right track. I've been staying on a monthly fetilization schedule, and most plants are responding. Soil PH is my main problem I have found. The soil sulphur has really helped the gardenia's, and the azaelias I've been growing. It's cheap at the feedstore. 30 dollars for a 50 lb. Bag! That's what I call merchandising!! I've been using this mg liquid fertilizer. 1/4 capful makes a gallon. I use what it takes every two weeks. All the plants seem to respond well to it. Plus I got it on clearance lol.
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