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Postby Nelly » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:17 am

Please help me save my Gardenia!
I have had it for 2 years and it is my third. They all do the same. The leaves turn yellowish, lose their dark green colour and their shiny aspect. I have tried everuthing I could think of. I put it on an ice tray which I always fill with water. I water it once a week thoroughly, letting the water drain from the pot. I put coniferous plants fertilizer as I have read it's good for Gardenia also and Epsom salt too. I bought acid flower soil and repotted it in the spring. Afterwards it rewarded me woth a flower and now it looks like it's dying, the same as the other two. My apartment has windows towards the East and the West. At first I put it in the living room (East) it seemd ok for a while but then the leaves began to lose the green in them. I moved it to the kitchen (East also) as I thought the humidity from coking would be good for it. No change in better! So I moved it to the west side to the bedroom window I have put it in the sun, I have put it behind the curtain, I have put it in the shadow. I have tried everything I could think of. The thing is I made one a present to somebody a few years ago and she told me that her flower is now a big shrub. I have asked how she cares for it and she said she only waters it and doesn't do anything special and what haven't I tried in order to have it sain and beautiful?!
Can you please help me save my gardenia?
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Re: Gardenia

Postby lorijones » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:28 pm

It is possible that you are overwatering your gardenia. Gardenias grow best in a well draining soil. It should not be constantly wet - they hate wet feet. You should let the top few inches of the soil dry out between waterings.
Your gardenia could also be suffering from an iron deficiency. I would feed it with an acid fertilizer that contains iron like Espoma Iron-tone. This should help to green up the leaves.
Be careful not to over-fertilize the plant as this can lead to a salt buildup and the soil can become more alkaline.
Check for pests like aphids, white fly, scale, and mealybugs.
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