Gardenia grows well in a temperate climate because it needs sunlight and warmth, but it has to be kept moist all the time. During the winter, it has to be protected from the ice absolutely; it is better to take it inside the house to avoid damages of any kind. The lighter the soil, the better: you should mix some mold with sand and peat. If you have some wood pieces with carbon, add those as well. This procedure will allow you to see your gardenia bloom from spring through summer, with its big, elegant smelly flowers.

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Care of gardenia

If you have to plant your gardenia for the first time, or the followings, do it at the beginning of the spring season, between March and April. Be careful to keep the roots safe. Take in consideration that gardenias are very delicate plants, so when you water it, pay attention: water should not be too cold and should be as pure as possible. Add some vinegar if you have hard water and boil it, letting it get cold. Keep the mold moist and do not over water. If you want, you can spray water on the leaves, avoiding the flowers. Do not let water stay in the vase for any reason.

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    Gardenia Fertilization

    Gardenia Fertilization Gardenias should be fertilized with attention. Mix the fertilizer with water and add it to the mold every fifteen days during the blooming season; only once every other month during the winter. Be sure it contains the main nutrients specific for Gardenias. If you want to grow more plants from the gardenia mother, do not fertilize it before getting the small new plants. Use seeds instead, but do get some quality ones.

    Gardenia maintenance

    Do not trim your gardenia very often. Only once the plant has bloomed you can trim the branches to keep the plant into shape, mostly during the summer when you want to make it dense and bushy by cutting the peaks. Never let the plant get infected using dirty tools. Remember gardenias are delicate plants. In fact, gardenia drops leaves when it is affected by parasites or if you are treating it in the wrong way. A good way to repair is to cut the rotten roots and isolate the safe ones. If the leaves and the flowers turn yellow, it means you are watering too much. Take care of your gardenia.