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#36052 May 1st, 2007 at 08:15 PM
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Hello all!
I have a gardenia "tree" in a container on my deck. It is about 4' tall and not doing to well. The leaves are all slowly turning yellow and the leaf growth is very sparse. There are buds, but I am not sure if they will do anything. I get full sun on the deck, except for the morning and after about 3:30 pm. I use V-11 for fertilizer. Water about 3-4 a week.

Please help. I love the fragrance it gives off and I don't want to lose my poor lil "tree".

Thank you!!

Julie

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Gardenias can be very finicky, especially in pots. They require consistent moisture, but not soggy. Sounds like you may be watering enough, so it could be a nutrient deficiency. Try fertilizing it with an acidic fertilizer like those designed for azaleas. Iron deficiency can also cause yellow leaves in acid loving plants. You might try a product called 'Ironite', a liquid iron suppliment for plants. I've used it on my azaleas before.


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thank you alankart!! I will try the Ironite.


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