Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fussy Gardenias Can Drop Buds; GARDENING Q&A WITH CHIP TYNAN

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fussy Gardenias Can Drop Buds; GARDENING Q&A WITH CHIP TYNAN

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Q * What am I doing wrong? My gardenia plant finally gets a bud, but then it sags and droops, withers and never opens. Some leaves are brown on the edges, but not all. Am I watering too much or not enough? Should I be fertilizing?

A * All things considered, it's a lot easier to keep the foliage of gardenias in prime condition than it is to keep the buds and flowers coming. They have a somewhat fussy temperament and like things just so, but if conditions change too dramatically, they get flustered, and the first thing to go is their buds.

More or less steady temperatures, especially at night are essential in the 62 to 65 degree range, and slightly warmer daytime readings are ideal. Grow them hotter or colder and buds may be shed. Bright light is required at all times, with about four hours of morning sun preferred.

Water needs change with the seasons, so you must remain flexible in this matter. A potted plant outdoors in active growth may need to be watered every day, whereas one indoors in a cool room during winter may only need to be watered once a week. …

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