Gardenia Plants

Curling Leaves on Gardenia Bush

Nila.henson added on February 27, 2018 | Answered

Received a beautiful gardenia bush and after one days the leaves went limp and curled. Watered in sink and let drain off but leaves got limp and curled again

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Answered on February 27, 2018

This is common with overwatering. This can lead to an infection which will cause sudden wilting. You will have to replace the soil, and I also recommend only watering when the top few inches of soil are completely dry.

I would also suggest for the next time that you water, to mix peroxide at 1 part to three parts water. Or just replace 1/4 of the water with peroxide. This will help kill off any remaining infection in the roots.

Cut the growth off when it dies, and let it come back again.

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