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Gardenia not branching

Posted by brooklynbonnie NYC 6 or 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 6, 13 at 17:44

I was gifted a gardenia, probably from a bodega down the block so not the best source or care before I got it. The plant is maybe 8 inches tall now which is only a couple inches taller than when I received it at the start of the year. I've read up as much as possible and searched pictures but can't find any gardenia that looks as small as mine nor can I find out when it should start branching out.

The main stalk is as thin as a bamboo skewer (the thin ones!). I've tried pinching the growing point multiple times, but either it has no effect or it grows two sets of leaves on each side of the middle, instead of only one new set, then the main stalk continues to produce upwards.

The leaves are dark, wide and healthy looking. I keep a dish of water under the pot saucer for humidity and it gets good light in a South facing window since I brought it home. The soil may not be the best but I didn't think repotting it before a year has gone by was a good idea.

When will it start branching out or how can I make it branch out?


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RE: Gardenia not branching

  • Posted by Tolip Tropical (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 7, 13 at 9:01

Just let the plant grow to about 3feet tall and then maybe the top may branch a bit. In the mean time new branches will emerge from the bottom. Each of these will again grow to about 3ft tall and it goes on this way. This is typically how gardenias grow.


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RE: Gardenia not branching

  • Posted by Tolip Tropical (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 7, 13 at 9:02

Just let the plant grow to about 3feet tall and then maybe the top may branch a bit. In the mean time new branches will emerge from the bottom. Each of these will again grow to about 3ft tall and it goes on this way. This is typically how gardenias grow.


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RE: Gardenia not branching

Thank you Tolip! I had no idea they had to get so big before they would branch! I will stop worrying about it (and try to stop knocking it out off of the windowsill which I did right after typing my question last night - LOL)

Thanks again!


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