I came across this gardenia care video awhile back and never got around to posting for you – which is a shame really as it has a couple of excellent gardenia care tips – not just for those of you growing gardenias in containers or pots but for all gardenia growers.
Aaron (who works in the Waterloo gardens greenhouse so he should know what he’s talking about) presents the video in a nice relaxed style and gives clear and concise gardenia care advice. He talks through some general gardenia care points covering watering, pruning a gardenia and maintaining your gardenia soils pH.
Here are some of the gardenia care tips from the video – but don’t take my word for it watch the video
- Gardenias will tolerate cold temperatures down to around 55 degrees but prefer temperature of between 60 and 76 degrees.
- When keeping your gardenia plant indoors to avoid those lower winter temperatures try and ensure that it still gets full sun. However when the weather warms up and you move your gardenia plant outdoors, try and place it in a position that will have filtered sun but with protection from the hot afternoon sun. Don’t be tempted to place it directly under trees though as your gardenia plant wont appreciate the drips off the trees as this can promote fungal attacks.
- Fertilize your gardenias in spring, summer and early fall. Gardenia care experts use Miracle-Gro Nursery Select Miracid to fertilize gardenias.
- Use soft water rather than hard water as the minerals contained in hard water overtime will build up in the gardenia soil and eventually raise the pH level. To prevent this (I love this gardenia care tip) once a month mix one cup of white vinegar to one gallon of water. Water your gardenia with the vinegar solution and this will help dissolve and leach out the alkaline mineral deposits thus helping to maintain your gardenia soils pH. This is a very good gardenia care tip and one I will be passing on to those of you growing gardenia in pots and containers.
- When wintering your gardenia out gardenia care expert says don’t fertilize, prune your gardenia or re-pot it.
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