Gardenia Buds Don’t Bloom or Fall Off
I have a gardenia tree that I have kept in my sunroom. It has started to bud out but they turn dark at the base and never bloom. I pulled off a couple and they are dry and brittle but they don't actually fall off. It is in a large container. I haven't fertilized over the winter but I have kept it watered and use a spray water bottle to provide moisture. What should I do so the blooms come out?
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It is possible that you have thrips. They are hard to see and they cause damage to the buds like that. This article will help:
This article will help if you feel it is not thrips:
While your buds are not technically falling off, the causes for falling off would also be for buds drying out that was not caused by pests.