gardenia won't stand up

melis001(8)May 12, 2011

I have a 3 year old gardenia that is having issues standing straight up. It bends over if it doesn't have support. It has a lot of blossoms, this is the first year it is doing this. Here is a link with the tree supported with a tomato cage.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You'll need to find another way to attach an image. Your link is not accomplishing what you intended.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 10:50PM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

I can't see your picture either, but have a few comments: the branches on a gardenia loaded with buds do tend to droop some. This morning, the branches on mine were drooping even more because they were wet with rain.

Stake your plant up to the shape you want it in and quit worrying. As the plant gets older the trunk will strengthen more and conform to the shape it's staked in.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 10:23AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

And or you could trim it back and encourage it to grow shorter and more compacted.

Hello Rhizo and Mehitabel!

Mike

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 5:59PM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

Hi back atcha, Mike :D

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 11:02PM
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butterfly4u

Melis001,
After the gardenia blooms, cut it down to be more compact,
and stop putting miracle grow on it.
Only fertilize it once in the spring, by adding composted manure on top of the soil, then mulch over that.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 11:49PM
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