Gardenia Question

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by oz in SC, May 28, 2006.

  1. oz in SC

    oz in SC Well-Known Member

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    mrs oz here :)

    For all of you gardeners in Zone 8.......I've got an issue. I have 2 variegated gardenias (Gardenia Augusta Variegata, to be exact) that seems perfectly healthy, but have never bloomed. I've had them for about 3 years now. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
     
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    the plant should be kept at 45 to 50 degrees F. in indirect sun with fairly dry soil to discourage growth. In spring, prune the plant lightly, move it to a warmer and brighter location, and resume watering. During the summer, feed it regularly with fertilizer for acid-loving plants or with fish emulsion. Ensure that your gardenia is exposed to moist air by placing the pot on a tray containing pebbles and water. To develop flower buds, gardenias require at least a half-day of sun and nights cooler than 70 degrees.
     

  3. oz in SC

    oz in SC Well-Known Member

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    Well, can't move the plant around, as it is in the ground. It does get at least 1/2 a day of direct sunlight. I have another gardenia, not variegated, that blooms fine. Also planted in the ground. :shrug: