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Old 09-18-2008, 10:24 AM
 
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Hi,

I recently bought a gardenia (tree?) and it is doing very well on my terrace. I was told to bring it in before it get too cool if I want it to survive.

My question is, once I bring it in, how do I care for it to try and keep it going until next spring?

I'm not very good with plants at all and am really trying so any help would be appreciated!
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I grew a gardenia for years inside a 9 x 12 bunkhouse room. LOL.

Used to mist it at first, but then let that go and it survived just fine. Just some good indirect light and frequent watering should do the trick.
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Hi,

I recently bought a gardenia (tree?) and it is doing very well on my terrace. I was told to bring it in before it get too cool if I want it to survive.

My question is, once I bring it in, how do I care for it to try and keep it going until next spring?

I'm not very good with plants at all and am really trying so any help would be appreciated!
Where do you live? I have my gardenias planted in the ground and they survive temps down to 25 degrees (with some yellowing). In a container I think they would be okay down to 32 degrees.
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Old 09-18-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: somewhere close to Tampa, but closer to the beach
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..as mentioned by another poster,..it all depends on where you live..
most gardenias will tolerate low temps down to about the middle 20's..and perhaps even a little lower than that..
if you must bring it indoors to winter it over,..make sure it is placed
somewhere where it will recieve as a half days worth of winter sunlight..
..as far as watering goes,..once a week should be just fine for it..the idea is to provide enough moisture,without leaving the soil saturated..
you probably will experiance a little leaf drop as the plant adjusts to it's
new enviorment...this is natural and nothing to be too concerned about...
once the weather warms enough,..place it in a partly shady spot for a week or two so that it can re-adjust to being back outside...after that,..give it full sun..
another thing to watch for indoors is spider mites...best way to control them..insecticidal soap applied as necessary...
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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If it's a Hardy Kleim, it can withstand temperatures down to 10 degrees before losing leaves once established. Most other gardenias will drop some leaves around freezing, but should spring back in the spring in zone 7 and warmer. Zone 6 and below, forget about it. And if you bought an August Beauty, treat is as an annual. They tend to commit suicide quite often. They hate high/low temperatures, fertilizer, and alkaline soil.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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I think I have a couple of problems

I just moved to a new house and the yard needs top soil brought in before I can plant anything.

I don't really have a safe place indoors to put the plant where it will get full sun. (I have 2 plant eating cats).

If I repot the plant in a bigger pot will it survive winter outside? I live in New Jersey so it will get really cold at night this winter.

Can I feasibly leave it outside during the day for sun and then bring it inside in the evening until I can replant next spring?
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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I think I have a couple of problems

I just moved to a new house and the yard needs top soil brought in before I can plant anything.

I don't really have a safe place indoors to put the plant where it will get full sun. (I have 2 plant eating cats).

If I repot the plant in a bigger pot will it survive winter outside? I live in New Jersey so it will get really cold at night this winter.

Can I feasibly leave it outside during the day for sun and then bring it inside in the evening until I can replant next spring?
Is the house brick? Can you put it in a sheltered spot where it will get full sun? I think it being warmer at night than during the day may be a problem for it. It won't know what's going on.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I don't think the cats will find the gardenia at all appealing to eat - the leaves are very "waxy." Why don't you bring the plant inside for a couple of days and see what happens? Cheers!
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Do you have a unheated garage or shed? If so, you could put it in there at night and then bring it out during the day.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Finally escaped from Philly ;-}
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Default I don't think you need to worry about your cats

I had a gardenia & my cats weren't interested. They like to chew on my tropical plants. I had more success wintering it inside when I ran a humidifier during the cold weather. It even rebloomed in the spring. I finally killed it during the summer when I overwatered it during a dry spell.
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