This time I decided to do some research on basic care and growth requirements in hopes of maintaining a lasting and rewarding relationship with my gardenia plants. I discovered that gardenias are tricky plants that are very particular about their growing conditions. They also require some consistent maintenance in order to keep them happy and beautiful. Many people, and I hope not to become one of them, give up on gardenias because of their finicky nature. However, once I understand what a gardenia needs to survive, growing them will be very rewarding with their glossy green foliage and fragrant white blossoms.
Gardenia Requirements are Very Exact:
- It demands bright (not direct) light - some shading in the summer (in the hottest areas)
- It flourishes in acidic soils with good drainage
- Keep the soil with plenty of organic matter, moist, but not soggy
- It demands high humidity, or daily misting
- Heavy feeding
- Cool night temperatures
For now, my gardenia plants are thriving.
Just this morning, I discovered a beautiful blossom on one of the plants. This, in itself, is a success story . . . . . I've never had a gardenia plant to bloom!
See the morning dew? Oh, how pretty