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Successfully growing Gardenias can be tough
as they need very specific care. Take your time and
do things right and you will have large and beautiful
Soil, Planting and Feeding
Make sure the soil you plant your Gardenias
in is very well conditioned. Mix peat moss and compost
material into the soil to hold moisture. The soil needs
to be moist at all times, but be careful not to drown
the roots. You should also cover the soil with a material
like wood chips, to make sure the soil maintains its
moisture throughout the day. Maintain the pH of the
soil around 5 or 6. Feed the Gardenia every 3 weeks
with a rhododendron-azalea food.
Sunlight and Temperature
Gardenias will grow the best in full sunlight while
being shaded on the hotter days during the summer months.
High temperatures will stop your Gardenia flowers from
blooming. The ideal temperatures for Gardenias are 65
to 70 degrees F during the daytime and at night, around
61 degrees F. Anything higher or lower than these ranges
will stop the buds from forming. Gardenias also
light humidity. If the area where you live is not humid
naturally, mist the shrub daily to reproduce this effect.
You can prune a Gardenia shrub fairly
deep. You must however keep some leaves on the plant
in order to produce food and energy for the plant and
roots to survive. You should also only prune the shrub
when the Gardenia is dormant.