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Questions About Gardenia Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
December 2, 2010

Q. Keep Gardenia Plant Alive

I have a gardenia plant I bought last summer. It was blooming well. I brought it indoors as the weather was getting cold. The leaves started turning yellow and are falling one by one from bottom up. Now some of the top leaves are turning dark brown, drying, and falling. I do not have a humidifier yet and have kept the plant away from direct hot air blowing from the home heating system.

The plant was infested by white flies toward the end of the summer and I had sprayed it with recommended pesticide. I have now purchased a can of SAFER houseplant insect killer (containing pyrethrins) which I have not applied yet. What do you think I should do?

Answered by
Heather on
December 5, 2010
Certified Expert
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It sounds like it is suffering from too little humidity. I would set it on a pebble tray with water to raise the humidity around the plant.

You can treat the plant with the Safer. That should not hurt it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 3, 2010

Q. Gardenia Buds Being Eaten

We have just planted a couple of gardenias, which are healthy apart from the fact that something is eating the buds before they flower and then they fall. Can you help?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 3, 2010
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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 9, 2010

Q. Gardenia Pests

I think my gardenia has aphids. I was told that I should purchase a soap bath, specifically insecticidal soap, which I did. It seems that since I have been using it, it has gotten worse. The leaves also turn yellow and drop off. The stems are covered with a white, sticky substance. This plant has been in the house ever since I purchased it. Can you help me by telling me what to purchase to get rid of these pests?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 10, 2010
Certified Expert
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I would recommend spraying the plant with neem oil. It is very effective against aphids. In addition, it is organic, being safe for other plants as well as harmless to pets and people. You can find more information here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
kitkatspa on
December 12, 2010

Q. Pruning Gardenias

Hi, I need to prune my gardenia fairly severely to get it back to a reasonable size. If I prune it back to the point that there are no leaves, will this kill or damage the bush. Thank you, Bob

Answered by
Heather on
December 12, 2010
Certified Expert
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Yes, it could kill it. With these plants, it is best not to take more than 1/3 of the plant per year. Any more than that can kill the bush. You can remove 1/3 this year, then next year take another 1/3 and so on until it is back to a manageable size.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 13, 2010

Q. When to Prune Gardenias

At what time of the year should a gardenia be pruned?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 14, 2010
Certified Expert
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Right after the blooms have faded is the best time to prune a gardenia. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/gardenia/when-to-prune-a-gardenia.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 14, 2010

Q. White, Sticky-Looking Substance

My gardenia plant is an indoor plant. It has a white, sticky substance that is on the stems and up in the cluster of leaves. Do you know what it is and how to take care of it? The plant is still blooming, but new growth look like it is being attacked, not all but some.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 15, 2010
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Asked by
John on
December 20, 2010

Q. gardenia question

I have a gardenia that’s at least 3 feet wide. I would like to know if I could break it apart and make more plants out of it.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 20, 2010
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Answered by
edwinreyes on
December 27, 2010
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i have a lantana plants i want to make more plants out of it, what will i do

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Answered by
edwinreyes on
December 27, 2010
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i have gardenia that's at least 3 feet wide.i would like to know if i could break it apart and make plant more plants out of it

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