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gardenia expert anyone?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 20, 2020 04:35PM
before I head to a gardening forum full of geeky gardeners, I figured I'd try with plain vanilla geeks instead.



Vincent is an in/out gardenia. About 4 months in and 8 out.
He's very old and until winter '18 he was always quite healthy.
He'd always look like hell at the end of winter, but after a week outside he'd perk up and get better quickly.
But he has not recovered.

I've seen all differing versions of what to do on a few gardening sites.
Wonder if anyone has any experienced idea. I'm in Zone 7.

My spouse trimmed him way back last year, but that hasn't done anything.



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Re: gardenia expert anyone?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: May 20, 2020 04:44PM
Possibilities: Root bound, insufficient fertilizer, lack of sunlight. Our potted gardenias lose leaves during their several 4-7 day excursions in the garage during the winter avoiding freezes. They have always come back.
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Re: gardenia expert anyone?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 20, 2020 04:52PM
plenty sun. I was thinking maybe root-bound. Pretty sure we're OK on fertilizer.



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Posted by: Frank
Date: May 20, 2020 05:01PM
Gardenias like acidic soil. You might try adding some coffee grounds to the soil. Hose it of to get rid of any bugs. Good luck. A friend just gave me a gardenia that smells like peaches!
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Posted by: d4
Date: May 20, 2020 05:25PM
Zone 7 here. When we first bought our house we bought a beautiful 4 ft gardenia from a nursery and planted it in the front. The first winter we had, it froze and never recovered. 8 years later I'm still sad about it sad smiley



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Re: gardenia expert anyone?
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 21, 2020 12:04AM
Root bound was my first impression too.
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Re: gardenia expert anyone?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 21, 2020 02:35PM
......could it be prometheus......unbound......???



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