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Gardenias and tomatoes

Posted by ribsu Northeast Tn (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 7, 14 at 18:02

I have a lovely gardenia tree that has a woven trunk (got it at Sams) and I planted it in a large planter on the deck where I have grown others, but they got nabbed by early frosts. Everything started out wonderful, it was growing, blooming it little heart out. Then my Mom gave me a bunch of tomato starts and I planted 3 in the planter with the gardenia. Just as the tomatoes started going to town, the gardenia started getting yellow leaves and few even fell off. Now, its almost all yellow leaves, although the buds are looking like they may bloom, they do not open and one or two have dropped off. I'm ready to sacrifice the tomatoes, as I planted some of the starts elsewhere, but not sure if that's the problem. I water about 2x a week, and every other week I add a weak solution of miracle grow. Anyone got any idea of whats going on? Never had a problem (other than frost), but then I didn't add tomatoes to the pot either. HELP! My baby is dying!

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RE: Gardenias and tomatoes

Sounds lke the tomatoes were taking the nutrients.

RE: Gardenias and tomatoes

Gardenias really dislike any root competition in my garden (z9) . Tomatoes are kind of nutrient pigs, they are fast growing and gardenias are slower shrubs. I underplant my gardenias with compost :)

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