• Gardenias

    Posted by DebbieS on October 28, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Last year I planted two Frost Proof Gardenias. I am in NC zone 7b. They are planted as foundation plants and are east facing. They get plenty of sun, they have been fertilized with Hollytone (for acid loving plants). I have also applied compost, peat moss, epsom salt and coffee grounds at different times between the Spring and Summer. They are mulched with a thick layer of pine straw. The plants have bloomed however I get yellow leaves which fall off and little to no growth. Online it says that yellow leaves are due to iron deficiency. I think the Hollytone supplies this. I have never grown this plant before and would like advice on how to properly care for it. I have Christmas Carol camellias growing right next to them and they are thriving with lots of growth. I am at a loss of what more I could be doing for these poor plants. Any advice? Thank you.

    Gardeningfoodies replied 10 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • msgal

    December 19, 2022 at 6:25 am

    I moved into a rental house with a mature gardenia bush already here. It grows between a cedar tree and a Crape myrtle and does well with little care. IM sure it must be companion. plants but I haven’t researched how they benefit one another.

    • DebbieS

      January 28, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you for the reply. I will definitely take it easy with the fertilizer

  • eyes

    January 19, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve had my Gardenia bush in a large container for four years now , water almost daily especially in the summer , I trim it back when the blooming stops and it has been a wonderful easy bush to grown and keep some years it produces plenty of flowers my favorite scent other years it’s slim picking , but I don’t think pine needles are good they do well with soil and occasional bit of miracle grow I gave it last summer, they are great bushes , I live in section 8 S.C.

    • DebbieS

      January 28, 2023 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you for the reply. I will try again!

  • Gardeningfoodies

    February 2, 2023 at 2:43 am

    Hello. I’m curious where you were able to find a frost gardenia. I found one from a discount nursery but it didn’t grow and I’m pretty sure ultimately died. I love gardenias but always lose the house plant ones. Currently in zone 6. Thank you.

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