quercusnut said:If you need a light for just one plant you could rig up a fixture using those double bulb sockets and put compact fluorescent or the new LED bulbs in them. You could make it 4-8 bulbs which would be plenty. You could use a tall lampstand or hang it from the ceiling.
I use my local tapwater inside and well water outside. No problems.
Just follow directions on the fertilizer container. I use about 1/4 to 1/2 strength whenever I water and plain water every so often to flush any possible salt buildup.
A humidity tray is fine but probably unneccesary.
Altheabyanothername said:Hi spiritdog !
For a Gardenia you would treat it like an azalea. The potting mix needs to be acidic adding pine fines or peat moss helps. The fertilizer used would be the type for azaleas.
Many blessings for your success!
Philipwonel said:For a screw in bulb. GE makes an :
LED "daylight" bulb that has a
K-rating, that's kelvins, of 5000.
LEDs burn cool to the touch, you'll want to put it 1" to 1&1/2" above plant.
If you can find one with higher K rating, 6500 is preferable.
Altheabyanothername said:spiritdog-- That is good you added the peat moss. The fertilizer I used on my azaleas was just the Miracle Grow for acid loving plants. It has a blue label. Usually fertilize just a couple of times a year and never when blooming. See how you do with these, I think they are larger outdoor plants.
May joy and happiness be yours!
It sounds like you fertilize all the time, almost every watering? I "read" to fertilize 2x a year. ok more confusion for me, grin.
sooby said:Rather than buy online, look out for gardenia plants at garden centres and even supermarkets - they're pretty easy to come by that way around here anyway. You can see what you're getting then. As Sharon Rose said, they are not the easiest plant to grow.