Gardenia Questions

opakaMarch 21, 2013

My husband and I recently moved into a house with a sad-looking gardenia in the front yard. After doing some research, I think the problem is that the landscapers planted it in the corner between the side walk and the front walk! My plan is to try to amend the soil with some hydrangea blue, and give it some half-strength azalea fertilizer regularly throughout the summer. Then, this fall, if it's perked up enough to risk it, transplant it to the back yard, well away from concrete. Anybody see anything wrong with this plan? Any other tips?

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crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)

I have never ever transplanted a gardenia and had it live. I've been growing them since early 80's, they're my favorite flower. But over the decades every single time I've moved one, I lost it. So I don't dare move them anymore. Could just be me, I have no clue, lol.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 3:08PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

That's been my experience also lol Another is growing in a pot . Kill it every time . In my case it was planted next to the AC intake and when it flowered it drove you out of the house. Too much of a good thing ?? lol
Good luck with your plan!!! gary

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 5:29AM
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Thanks for sharing your experiences. I guess I'll try not to feel to guilty if it doesn't make it.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 3:29PM
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Oops. Double post.

This post was edited by opaka on Fri, Mar 22, 13 at 21:22

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 3:30PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Sounds like alot of fertilzing to me. Read the label or go to the local Agricultural Center to find out how often to fertilize. Maybe it just needed watering?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 8:15PM
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the problem seems to be chlorosis from alkaline soil. It has all the classic symptoms. since it is planted near concrete, acidifying the soil and keeping that way will be nearly impossible. I was hoping to revive it somewhat this summer before trying to transplant it. I don't have much experience with gardenias though, and was wondering about other people's experiences with rescuing them.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 9:20PM
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I just went around and fertilized mine with what I consider Krispy Kremes for gardenias. I once read a post that cracked me up, seems like the only thing that helps growers of gardenias is 2 shots of scotch and a Valium. The whole post was hilarious, thought it liked dappled shade, moved it to where it could get more sun, fertilized, added coffee grounds to soil, watered, stopped watering..

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:19AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I had a gardenia potted for a few years but I eventually got tired of watering it often in the dry spring/summer and planted it next to a front wall next to the cement walk way to my front door. I thought it would be nice to have a wonderful smell right next to the door when its blooming not realizing they might have issues with having it planted so close to the house.

Here it was when it in a pot...

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:05PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I also fertilized mine often...once a month from late Feb. through Oct. It was the only way I can keep the leaves from turning yellow all the time...I gave it "light" doses of fertilizer
acid loving type of fertilizers...monthly.

Here it is a year after I planted it in the ground...

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:11PM
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crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)

I have a huge one, over 25 years old, surrounded by concrete, and never had an issue. I do know that some of the newer varieties of them have issues with yellowing leaves which is just how they are, and not where they are planted. I have a Miami Supreme which gets a lot of yellow leaves, but that's just normal for that variety.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 5:29PM
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