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from the Logee's growers

How to Grow Gardenias

Two simple rules apply: 

1- Keep the plants free of spider mite
2- Keep the root system healthy.

For Spidermites:

• Watch the leaves for the first sign of infection. Look for tiny dots or pin pricks on the tops of the leaves.

• Spray the entire plant with cold water especially the underside of the leaves. Spray every other day for a week.

• As an alternative, spray the entire plant with neem oil or ced-o-flora. Repeat the application a week later.

• Once the mites have been controlled, watch for a re-infection. 

For Root Health:

• Grow in clay pots.

• Water only when the soil is visually dry on the surface. Then thoroughly water.

• Grow at temperatures above 60 preferably 65 especially in the winter.

• Culture in a sunny location the more sun the better.

• Don’t over pot. Move the plant up in pot size 2-3” at a time and only when the root system has filled out the present container.

• Go easy on the fertilizer. Leaner is better. Don’t fertilize in the fall and winter. Resume fertilizer when growth starts in the spring.

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