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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

The stunning highly fragrant flowers of this evergreen shrub contrast nicely with the plant's glossy green leaves. Grows well in containers and raised beds.

Is Indoor Plant?

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.
    2. Protect

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    February
    1. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.
    2. Protect

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    March
    1. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.
    2. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    3. Protect

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    6. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    9. Transplant

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    6. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    9. Transplant

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    6. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    9. Transplant

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    6. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    9. Transplant

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.
    August
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    2. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    3. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    4. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    September
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    2. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    3. Prune

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.
    4. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    October
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.
    2. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.
    3. Mulch

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth. Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    November
    1. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
    December
    1. Water

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.
    2. Protect

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions. Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.

    May

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.

    June

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.

    July

    Buy gardenia when in bloom.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.

    May

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.

    June

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.

    July

    Plant gardenia during warm weather. They require a fast-draining acidic soil high in organic matter.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    May

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    June

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    July

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    August

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    September

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    October

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving blooming plants.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.

    February

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.

    March

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.

    April

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    May

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    June

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    July

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    August

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    September

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    October

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

    November

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.

    December

    Gardenias require moist but not soggy soil, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry when there is no rainfall.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    March

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    April

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    May

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    June

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    July

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    August

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    September

    Prune out dead branches and faded flowers.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    May

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    June

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    July

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    August

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    September

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    October

    To prevent weeds, retain moisture and keep roots cool, mulch around gardenias rather than cultivating, as they are shallow-rooted. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.

    February

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.

    March

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.

    December

    Temporarily move potted gardenias next to the house if there is danger of frost.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    February

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    March

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    April

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    May

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    June

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    July

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    August

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    September

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    October

    Check leaves and stems for signs of scale and aphids. Both pests suck plant sap and cause poor growth.

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    November

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    December

    Inspect plant for signs of iron chlorosis, which is indicated by yellow leaves with green leaf veins.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    February

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    March

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    April

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    May

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    June

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    July

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    August

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    September

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    October

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    November

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    December

    Treat minor infestations of scale and aphids with a strong spray of water. If trouble persists, treat with light horticultural oil according to package directions.

    Treat iron chlorosis with a chelated iron fertilizer every week according to package directions until the leaves re-green.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    April

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.

    May

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.

    June

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.

    July

    Transplant gardenia during warm weather.

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