yes, i know, gardenias are the most temperamental house plants! but i just can’t get over the intoxicating smell, and keep punishing myself with a new one about every year, that i slowly watch die! this i have learned: no drafts or direct sun—though a bright room is best. steady water, but not sitting in water. humidity, but don’t spray the leaves. acid fertilizer once a month or so during growing season. alas… my latest victim is covered in brown spots! and hasn’t given me more than one bloom. oh, but how sweet it was! the other SEVEN buds have sat for a month+ only to drop off… oh the torture! please help!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.