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Q.6 Year Old Gardenia

Zone 98424 | Anonymous added on October 27, 2021 | Answered

I have a 6 year old Gardenia that was my mothers, who passed away a few years ago. I have kept it outside in the summer, and it is in full bloom with dark green leaves and grows nicely on my front porch that gets morning sunshine until aroud 1 PM. I love in the Northwest and it is starting to get frosty. I figured I would bring it inside, like I have done in the past, but have moved and now, don’t have a south facing window for the plant to get at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. Since moving it inside where it is a constant 70-72 degrees, and I bought a grow light and have it stationed on top of the plant about a foot away, the leaves have started to turn yellow. I’m not sure if it a lack of water, or a lack of sunshine, but I am wondering what I can do to save this very special plant of my mothers? Any suggestions out there? Thank you….Bruce

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Answered on October 28, 2021

Sounds like it is adjusting to less sunlight. I put mine in a southern facing window only in the Dallas area. They will yellow out easily but will generate new growth in spring. Do not let the soil get dry! And watch out for drying air vents.

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