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How to fool your gardenia into actually LIVING

posted by: mersiepoo on 01.13.2008 at 09:58 pm in Fragrant Plants Forum

I had posted on another thread on how I have actually kept my gardenia alive, and (gasp) actually got it to bud without having to do any altar building or sacrificing animals for it.

So far this has kept it alive and happy and actually growing for me. I got a fortunatia (sp?) which was lived. I had bought an african 'hardy gardenia' and it kicked the bucket..BUT I had kept it in a plastic pot which I don't think it liked, and didn't put it in the set up like I did with the fortunatia.

You will need:

A terra cotta pot (not too big, just the 'next size up')
6 inches of old jeans material (I used the part from the cuff end of the leg)
a large terra cotta bottom tray

small gravel or stones

for the potting soil:

1/3 coarse sand
1/3 peat
1/3 potting soil
(mix thoroughly)

Put the jeans material thru the drainage hole, and have it sticking into the pot about 4 inches. Have two inches or less stick out of the pot hole at the bottom. Add the potting soil mix and have the jeans material so that it's up into the soil close to where the plant roots will be, and not bunched down at the bottom of the pot. Place plant in pot, tamp down. Take bottom tray and fill with gravel. If you can, make a hole in the middle of the gravel so the jeans can stick down into the bottom of the tray, but the gravel still supports the bottom of the pot, so it stays level. You should top water at least once so your new plant gets settled into it's new pot.

If your gardenia is in the process of forming buds, do not fertilize, or the buds may turn brown and drop off.

I fertilize it after the flowers are done blooming with some algoflash and occasionally water it with a used tea bag in the watering can.

Last year in the summer my gardenia had buds but they were not opening at all! Some smart person on this forum advised me to move it where it got a bit more sunlight, and it worked!


clipped on: 08.26.2008 at 09:20 am    last updated on: 08.26.2008 at 09:20 am

RE: Lantana cuttings- (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rhizo_1 on 08.16.2006 at 11:53 am in Annuals Forum

It's never a good idea to start cuttings in water, even though some of them are quite happy to root that way.

Take 4 to 6 inch cuttings from the tips, removing all flowers and seeds. I prefer to use a good potting medium with extra perlite added as the rooting medium. After removing all but a couple of the uppermost leaves, insert the stems into the moist medium. Moisten again to insure tissue to soil contact and then place in a light (not full sun), well-ventilated area (outside). Keep the cutting flat moist but do not over water. Resist the temptation to check on roots for about a month. And don't try to root them inside the house, where they will be most unhappy. They root best in the spring and summer, do don't delay.

I don't use rooting hormone, but most others do. Won't hurt, and will probably help.


clipped on: 10.01.2006 at 08:38 am    last updated on: 10.01.2006 at 08:38 am