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April 22, 2010

My potted gardenia has got some nice buds on it, but several leaves are turning brown at the tips and will fall out at a slight touch. The pot is located adjacent to a window sill on a radiator cover (no heat on of course).

The plant was purchased about 10 days ago. There are no blooms yet. It has been fed with MiracleGro the other day, first time feeding.

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Ken from Brooklyn, NY


April 29, 20101 found this helpful
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I don't know what is causing the leaves to turn yellow, But a little apple juice or apple cider diluted with water (1 cup of juice to a gallon of water.) helps my gardenia plant. It is planted outside in the shade ,except for a little late afternoon sun. I don't think it would hurt to try it.
Any blooming plant that comes from a florist shop is forced into bloom and normally is root bound already. Transplant as soon as the flowers die. GG Vi

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February 28, 2013

I have a gardenia tree which I move inside during winter as it's in a pot. This is the second year I've had it. Some times blooms and has nice flowers, but at times I get brown spots on the leaves. I don't know what is the cause. Some say it's the PH and some say it's the water or the light. It has sunlight for about 3 hours then bright light the rest of the day. I'm attaching a photo of the leaves with the brown spots. Hopefully, someone can identify that. I checked for pests there aren't any.


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April 22, 2010

My gardenia was beautiful when it came from the florist shop and it said partial sun on the tag. However, it has been over a month and it is doing awfully. Most of the leaves turned brown, dried up, and have fallen off. There are only a few green ones left, what should I do?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Jennifer from KS


Leaves on gardenia Turning Brown

Is it still in the pot it came it? It may be root bound, which means that the roots are tight and smothering each other, because they are too big for the pot. You could try repotting it or planting it outside. (07/13/2009)

By Frances Adams

Leaves on Gardenia Turning Brown

The same thing happened to one of mine. I found out that they need to be kept damp, but not wet. I let mine go dry and now it is doing better since I check the moisture, also they like the shady side of the yard, the north side. Mine is on the east side because it gets the morning sun and is in the shade in the afternoon. I also bring mine in the house when it starts to get cold and is going to freeze. (07/18/2009)


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