Growing Gardenias

September 20, 2011

growing gardeniasI've tried, unsuccessfully, to keep a gardenia alive. I've read all the tips, etc. and each time I plant a gardenia it lives 3-6 months, then dies. I love gardenias. Please help.


By Diane


September 23, 20111 found this helpful

I grow my gardenias in self watering containers; all you have to do is keep the container full. They don't like to dry out or be over watered, thus the self watering container. Get the kind that has a tube that you put the water in. It fills the reservoir in the bottom. The gardenia is a very thirsty plant. I also sprinkle tea and coffee grounds on the soil to keep the leaves green. good luck.

September 23, 20110 found this helpful

Diane: you failed to say where you live but here in south GA. I plant mine in the ground and mulch it against dry weather water a lot and feed regularly at least once a month during the growing and flowering season.


I use 10.10.10 or liquid fertilizer and watch them grow. If in a container make sure it gets plenty of water & food.

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May 8, 2012

Gardenia with one open and one unopened bloom.I have the following problems with my gardenia. Some leaf edges are turning brown while the rest of the tree looks healthy. And, secondly some buds are not opening although the rest on same tree are doing fine and opening to full blooms. These unopened buds become white as if they are trying to open, but they don't in the end. (See the picture, it shows one flower is fine while the upper one is not open.)

By lahib

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April 5, 2012

Are these thrips on this gardenia? What is the best way to get rid of them?

By Joan N

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August 7, 2011

Ruffly looking gardenia leaves.Some of the leaves of my gardenia tree come out curling and not as smooth surfaced as the other leaves. Can anyone tell me why is that? I'm attaching a photo of the leaves.

By lahib

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June 25, 2010

I put my gardenia plant in it's pot outside for the summer and it was doing fine. But now something is chewing on it's leaves. Can anyone tell me what it could be and what I can do to stop it?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Jennifer from Topeka, KS

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September 7, 2017

When plants are in pots, they can become root bound and may need new soil and a larger pot. This is a page about leaves on gardenia turning brown.

Gardenia plant.

September 7, 2017

Encouraging a potted gardenia to bloom may require giving it some acidic fertilizer. This is a page about gardenia not blooming.

A gardenia bud, not blooming.

September 4, 2017

The fragrant, white flowers of the gardenia bush make a beautiful garden photo subject. This page contains gardenia photos.

A beautiful white gardenia.

September 4, 2014

This is a page about indoor gardenia care. Gardenias make wonderful houseplants. Proper care for you gardenia will ensure it is healthy enough to flower.

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February 22, 2010

Our well established Gardenia has begun to turn yellow and the buds are not opening. Any ideas as to what the problem is and how to remedy it?


June 25, 2010

Does anyone know how to grow a gardenia in a pot? I have tried a few times in sun, shade, part sun, etc. and they never seem to flower very long or last. Thanks.


May 29, 2009

We recently purchased a gardenia plant and it has almost died within about 2 days of purchase. What am I doing wrong?


We live in Vegas, so it's been very hot, but the instructions say "full sun".

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