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by SeptemberMorn on March 12, 2006 02:58 AM
Last spring I bought a very small Gardenia bush. It hasn't grown much and now, with all the rain we've been having the last two months, the leaves are yellowing and dropping off.

It had one bud last year that rotted and fell off. It never did open.

I've also fed it an acidic fertilizer.

Is it getting too much water? It's mostly in the shade getting only late afternoon sun for a short while. The only transplant is has gone through is from the pot it came in to a larger one. [dunno]

What say ye??

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by SeptemberMorn on March 13, 2006 04:35 PM
Surely someone here knows how to grow a gardenia! [perplexed]

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by Jiffymouse on March 13, 2006 10:38 PM
i wish i did. the only way they grow for me is in the ground...
by SeptemberMorn on March 14, 2006 01:38 AM
Thanks, Jiffy. I found information here on the site on growing gardenias. I'm not sure of what I read, but I'll be studying up on it. [Smile]

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by SeptemberMorn on March 23, 2006 06:42 AM
Just thought you might want to know. I moved my gardenia in its pot where it wouldn't catch the rain. The yellowing has stopped and it looks like it might be trying to leaf out. WoooooHoooooooo!!

Now to know when to water it!! [shocked]

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by pagarden on March 23, 2006 09:09 AM
i miss my humongo gardenias in south fl! we had one growing over top of the neighbors 6 ft wooden fence! i have a small one i bought from the store also2 years ago, i repotted into a huge pot, and think it will need a new one this summer. during the summer i leave it in the full sun and just keep it moist but not soaked. it's been happy so far! in winters it's in the house and at least once a week i stick it in the shower and give it a good "rainshower". i hope yours continues to grow and sprout new leaves!
by Ally O'Kay on March 24, 2006 03:01 PM
Hi All!
I'm no expert, but I would think that gardenia would need a wide spread soil area since it's branches root kinda like ivy. I have a great bush back at our old condo just a few miles away and I'm thinking of taking a chance and cutting it in half to bring some to the yard at the new house. It trippled in size over the 4 years we lived there and I never did a thing to it. It gets mostly shade in sand with little attention to watering. The name (of mine) is Gardenia Radican according to the good people at the botanical gardens (here in SC). I love the sweet smell of the blossoms! Glad to hear your gardenia is growing again SeptemberMorn! Yay!

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by debnoel on March 25, 2006 12:15 AM
I posted what I know about growing a gardenia in a pot on the container gardening topic. I guess you just have to find a place it likes- which I did by accident. They are notoriously difficult to grow and mine was a mercy buy at the supermarket. I figured for $1.99 I would try again and if it ended up in the garbage can it wouldn't kill me. This one must have had a will to live for it is HUGE- 5 years old and going strong. My husband thinks I should repot it but if I do we won't be able to get it through the door. Maybe we should add a sun room for it. Sometimes I think the more I ignore it the better it does!
by SeptemberMorn on March 27, 2006 01:02 AM
Ally, thanks. I've pretty much been ignoring it until yesterday. Finally watered it and fed it. We'll see what happens.

At least, it's stopped turning yellow! [Wink]

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by SeptemberMorn on March 27, 2006 01:04 AM
Deb, I'm gonna go read up on what you posted. It has occured to me that I should be down in the container section since all my plants are in containers.

Sometimes I'm a bit slow on the uptake. LOL [perplexed]

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