Mini Gardenia Problem
I have never had gardenias although I'm from CA. When we moved to TX our brand new house had six mini-gradenia plants planted and I was thrilled. That first year they were lush green leaves and beautiful blossoms. This second year, however, on some of the plants, the stems are covered with teeny-tiny leaves (more toward the base of the plant) but you can hardly see that they are leaves - no flowers. A couple of the other bushes do have blossoms and a few leaf-clumps on the top of empty stems! I have fertilized each month but nothing is happening. I'm not doing something right and need to get to know this plant.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This could be caused by either pests or a fungus. Treat the affected plants with both a pesticide and a fungicide. I personally like neem oil as it is both and is also organic.