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Treating gardenias, practical advice


Treat gardeniasit is not an impossible task, especially if all its needs are respected right from the planting.

There are about 250 species ofgardenias, among these, the most widespread are theGardenia Jasminoides, theGardenia grandiflora,the amoena and theGardenia thunbergiana. To better adapt to our climates is theGardenia jasminoidescharacterized by shiny and evergreen leaves, with 8 cm flowers that vaguely resemble those of camellias.

Summer, spring, autumn and winter flowering gardenias

There Gardenia Jasminoideas blooms from June to September. It blooms from spring and throughout the summer Gardenia grandiflora. The gardenia a fautumn season it is the amoena with dark green leaves and white flowers with pink shades. Who is hunting for gardenias a winter flowering can point to the Gardenia thunbergiana with its intense green leaves and white flowers that bloom from winter to early spring.

How to cure gardenias

The care to be dedicated to the gardenia differs throughout the year. In spring-summer it is necessary to protect the gardenia from direct sunlight. Better to place it in a well-lit area but not in full sun, especially when temperatures exceed 20-22 ° C it is advisable to move the plant in shady areas.

The autumn and winter treatments focus on protecting the gardenia from the cold and drafts. Place your gardenias in a sheltered place where temperatures are not below 12-13 ° C.

If the tap water is calcareous, you must be very careful: the gardenia could suffer from it! Irrigate the plant with warm and not calcareous water, the soil must be constantly humid but without water stagnation, which is why in the saucer you can prepare a layer of gravel or expanded clay on which to place the pot. To moisten the soil without running into the problem of water stagnation, always leave some water in the saucer but be careful! The water must not completely cover the layer of gravel (or expanded clay), it must occupy only the bottom of the saucer without coming into direct contact with the vase. For an aesthetic question, he recommends the use of gravel.

Treating the gardenias, repotting

Thegardeniasthey are repotted in early spring, handling the root system with caution. The ideal soil has an acidic pH and is rich in peat. When using light soils, we recommend using a mixture consisting of 50 percent of fertile land and the remaining half with a mixture of sand and pieces of wood charcoal.

Take care of the gardenias, the fertilizer

On the market it is easy to find specific fertilizers for gardenias. In any case, prefer a fertilizer rich in main elements and microelements. To learn more, take a look atNourishing for plants, micro and macro elements.


Video: Burkes Backyard, Gardenias (October 2020).