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Anonymous added on April 23, 2014 | Answered

I live in Florida. I have a gardenia plant in the front yard that gets a lot of sun. Have had it for 2 years. I get tons of buds on my plant but only about 4-5 blooms. Last year I got black stuff (fungus/mold) on my whole plant, so I sprayed with soapy water. All my buds fell off and leaves got yellow and fell off. It’s doing it again this year, so I sprayed again with soapy water. Now my leaves are turning yellow and falling off and my buds are falling off too, AGAIN!! I also notice my neighbor’s don’t have this problem. Theirs are green and have plenty of flowers. Don’t know what to do!

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Answered on April 24, 2014

This is sooty mold. It happens when the plant gets a pest infestation. I would recommend using neem oil, as this will get rid of the sooty mold fungus and kill the pests. Here is some articles that will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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