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Carole28-Sep-03 03:45 PM EST 2   
Will Creed, Interior landscaper28-Sep-03 06:42 PM EST   
Bernice12-Apr-04 11:48 AM EST 7a   
16-Apr-04 06:22 PM EST   


Subject: gardenia
From: Carole
Zone: 2
Date: 28-Sep-03 03:45 PM EST

Have had a small gardenia plant for about 5 years. ONly once were we able to get it to flower and they did not last long. I have read that they are difficult to flower and that the flower doesn't last very long. Are there some tricks to getting this to flower again.


Subject: RE: gardenia
From: Will Creed, Interior landscaper
Zone:
Date: 28-Sep-03 06:42 PM EST

Carole,

Gardenias are one of the more difficult plants to grow and bloom indoors successfully. Gardenias are not easy to bloom indoors because they have rather strict temperature requirements. Temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees are essential when gardenias are in bud or bloom. Bud drop occurs above 70 degrees. Bud deformity occurs below 55 degrees. Letting the soil get too dry will also cause bud drop. In addition, a change in environment will also sometimes cause bud drop. Do not repot or fertilize at this time.

Direct sunlight, high humidity, and acidic soil (5.0 pH) are also important for maintaining gardenias successfully. Avoid repotting until it is utterly potbound. Use an acid fertilizer, such as Miracid, but don't overdo it. Good luck with this challenging plant.

When the flowers are finished, you can move your gardenia to a sunnier spot (southwest window) and not worry about warm temperatures. Direct sunlight, high humidity, and acidic soil (5.0 pH) are also important for maintaining gardenias successfully. Avoid repotting until it is utterly potbound. Use an acid fertilizer, such as Miracid, but don't overdo it.

Gardenias can bloom at almost any time of the year. Flower buds form according to the following regimen: Prune back old growth (usually in spring); promote new growth with lots of light and warm temps during the day (summer); allow temps to drop to 60 degrees at night (fall or early winter). It is up to you to decide when you want to introduce this regimen. Obviously, it is harder to achieve the lower nighttime temps during the summer.

It is difficult for most people to provide these conditions. Some are satisfied to keep a gardenia as a foliage plant.


Subject: RE: gardenia
From: Bernice
Zone: 7a
Date: 12-Apr-04 11:48 AM EST

I have a "Miami Supreme" gardenia bush, outside facing north, which is in bloom; however, the flowers are loaded with tiny black bugs that move around in the flower. What are these and what do I do about them? Thank you.


Subject: RE: gardenia
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Zone:
Date: 16-Apr-04 06:22 PM EST

On April 12 I posted about black mites on my gardenia flowers,asking help as to what to do about them. To date, I haven't received a single response. Isn't there someone out there that can give me some adivce? Bernice.FL


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