everblooming gardenia

misspurseNovember 29, 2007

I have an everblooming Gardenia that is a bout 2 ft tall that I got this early summer. Now my mother seen it my garden and told me that it would not survive a Northwest winter. Is that true? So this fall I slowly transfered from the ground into a container bringing into the house. It was nice green and lush before, now daily it looks sicker and sicker. It did fine at first. I have had it in the house since October. First I had it not to far from the from goor, but then I moved it by the sliding glass backdoor trying to give it more light. The furnace is located a 2 feet from the plant so maybe that could be the reason. Any feedback I will take...Please!

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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

Gardenia's in general don't like the dry air created by heating systems. Your gardenia would fare better if placed in a cool location, preferably a well lit unheated room.

That said, you don't indicate what zone you're in or which variety of gardenia you're growing. "Chuck Hayes" & Kleim's hardy are the hardiest of the gardenia's. These are hardy to zone 7.

Can you provide more info?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2007 at 10:37AM
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There are several Gardenia that are referred to as "ever blooming gardenia". I would first find out which variety you have and if it is possible to grow it outdoors in your climate zone. G.jasminoides in general only fare acceptable for a short duration while in the indoor environment.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2007 at 10:13PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I have overwintered a gardenia for about 7 years now and aka_peggy is correct. No drafts, in a cool room, and mine is in a west facing window. Misting may also help, especially if you have forced-air heating, but water sparingly. Since my tap water comes from Lake Michigan and is a bit alkaline, I also found that by sprinkling some elemental sulfur on top of the soil and covering it with a pine bark mulch helped cure my chlorosis.


    Bookmark   December 7, 2007 at 6:16PM
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