Re: Gardenia plant

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Posted by Maren Purves on June 03, 2003 at 15:29:24:

In Reply to: Re: Gardenia plant posted by Michelle on June 01, 2003 at 06:22:19:

: Dear Sir,
: I love gardenia's and this time I want it to thrive so I've studied all about it. I've placed it in the corner of our well-lit entry way where the door has lots of window panes. It's 27 degress centigrade in the house and very humid. I put the plant on pepples so it doesn't sit in water. I'm also giving the gardenia distilled water as Gardenia's don't support calcare. Also I'm giving it fertilizer for acidofile plants every fiftheen days. I'm praying this plant doesn't die on me but I noticed the flowers toward the light have turned yellow and those toward the wall have remained white, how come? Do you have any other suggestions? Where should I keep it in winter and how should I care for it? It gets below 0 centigrade here in winter. Hopefully in the same spot as it looks so nice and smells so good. Also I'm wondering if this is the right way to care for it? Sincere Thanks, Michelle

I would probably give the gardenia tap water - if there is no rain water available, but otherwise I'd do the same as you, given the circumstances. You don't write how long the flowers were there before they turned yellow. It is normal for gardenia flowers to turn yellow (or off-white) and then shrivel up and die as they get older - I have never timed for how long they last. Could it be that the flowers in the front die first because they were there first?

Good luck with your gardenia, and aloha,

Maren, in Hilo, Hawaii

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