INDOOR GARDENIAS
        Most people would smell a gardenia and know what it was without even seeing it first! The
 scent is so popular, it has been recreated as soap, candles, perfume and even air freshener.
 While they are beautiful plants to grow and cultivate, gardenias can be touchy and do require a
 bit more attention than some houseplants.

         When you purchase a gardenia plant, look for the one that is dark green and healthy look-
 ing. A few yellow leaves towards the bottom of the plant, or on the inside are OK— a gardenia
 seems to be constantly shedding new growth. However, if the plant is discolored in any way, or
 missing a lot of leaves, put it aside and keep looking.

        Keep gardenias uniformly moist at all times. These are plants that are better kept a little
 more on the wet side, rather than dry. The more often the plant is allowed to dry out, the more
 yellow leaves will form, and the less it will bloom. Repeated dryings
 stress the plant, and continued abuse can show up in the form of
 root death, which will eventually show up as leaf and stem damage,
 causing the plant to look ugly and possibly die.

        Gardenias like plenty of bright light, both indoors and out. If
 you set it outside for the summer, be sure to provide it with a little
 shade during the day, to keep it from getting sunburned. While they
 do enjoy Richmond summers, sometimes the heat can get to be too
 much for them and they won’t bloom. Don’t worry, once the temp-
 erature drops back, they’ll pop into bloom again.

         Feed them once a month during spring and summer using
 ferti-lome Acid Loving fertilizer. Gardenias are plants that prefer a
 more acid fertilizer instead of an alkaline one. Just read the label to
 find out if it will work for gardenias.

        Mealybugs & spider mite are the 2 biggest pests of garde-
 nias. Prevent them both with ferti-lome Systemic Insecticide Gran-
 ules once a month.

         Be aware there are also hardy outdoor varieties of garde-
 nias. If you purchase your gardenia from inside a greenhouse or
 store, more than likely it is a tropical variety, and it is NOT winter hardy! If you find it outside in a
 nursery, then it may be a hardy variety. If you don’t know, please ask so you don’t end up with
 the wrong kind.

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