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Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Apr 2, 2018 2:15 PM CST
Hello all,

Today I picked up a Veitchii everblooming gardenia as a present to myself 😊 I've grown them before with not great success. None dies, but none nowhere near thrived either. I would get very excited to see a bud only to see it had dropped later on. So anyway I really want this one to do good. I picked the healthiest one I could find. Any advice or stories of past successes would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you
Carly
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 4, 2018 12:48 PM CST
We need more info. Like. In pot, Inside, Outside in ground. Lite. Water. Soil drainage. How much soil dries out before watering, Etc.
A picture would help, also.👍👍
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Apr 5, 2018 11:25 AM CST
Hi Phillip,

I haven't planted it yet. It's still in its nursery pot. I live in San Diego County Ca. Very close to the coast, roughly 10 blocks away from the beach or so. Our soil is most likely more on the alkaline side, though I do have an acidic fertilizer on hand for the plants that need it. Soil is also pretty sandy. I normally amend the soil before planting with Dr earth garden/potting soil, Foxfarm or something like it. Oh and I'm in zone 10a.

Basically I am looking to get tips and advice from those who have had success with growing gardenias. I'm thinking that before I may have planted my previous gardenia in too much shade? I want to say it received approximately 5-6 hours of sun (during the summer). Oh and I don't have a photo of the older gardenia, but here's a photo of the new one. If you need anymore information let me know. Thank you. Smiling
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 5, 2018 3:03 PM CST
I think you should use your compost and acid fertilizer and plant it in full sun if you're that close to the water. Temps are usually pretty stable there.
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Apr 6, 2018 8:24 AM CST
Hi Carol, thank you! I will do that. I think I have a perfect spot. Thank you for the feedback.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 8, 2018 7:30 AM CST
Carly : Hi 😎
Gardenias prefer partial shade.

They require well draining, acidic soil.
Well draining soil, is most important.
Soggy soil...BAAAD-ED 😭😭😭.
MOIST SOIL ! GOOD 😀😀😀.

Monthly feedings, early spring to end of summer.
No feedings during fall or winter.
I believe theres a specific fertilizer for them.
There's also, bloom formula fertilizers for different kinds of plants.
I'd also find out how to increase acid in soil.

Go get em girl 💃💃💃
😎😎😎



Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Apr 8, 2018 2:01 PM CST
Thank you Phillip! I probably tend to overwater rather than underwater so it's good for me to hear "soggy soil bad" as a reinforcement. Thank you, thank you!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 8, 2018 3:37 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
My dear.
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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