Gardenia Plants

Kill Aphids on Indoor Gardenia

Anonymous added on January 26, 2011 | Answered

I have a 2-year-old gardenia plant on Cape Cod, MA. It's been replanted into a larger container a couple of times. Outdoors in summer; indoors in winter. I notice a very fine, small spotted (film?) on the leaves which seems to leave very small holes and is drying them. The plant is in a western window and receives periodic fertilizing, but has not bloomed. It isn't looking real healthy, although it has lots of new small leaves. I wipe them clean with my thumb and forefinger, but not sure it will remain clean.

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Answered on January 27, 2011

I would recommend spraying the plant with neem oil. It is very effective against aphids and is organic and harmless to pets and people. You can find more information here:

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