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#84028 Jul 7th, 2007 at 11:22 AM
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Hi there, everybody! This is my first post. I live in Oregon near Portland and my zone is somewhere between 7-9. Two years ago I bought a gardenia and it is still in the pot it came in. It has been very successful and this year it is covered with flowers. My question is, do I need to re-pot it or should I plant it in the ground? It is growing outside. I must be doing something right (by accident) and I don't want to ruin it. I think I will give it a little boost of iron, though. Thanks.

pestomama #84264 Jul 7th, 2007 at 07:56 PM
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Welcome Pestomama

Glad to hear your Gardenia is doing so well. I bought one and after a year it's till in the pot it came in. At first it didnt do so well but I kept it anyway thinking it would eventually die. This spring it came out of my greenhouse looking better. It continues to do better and better but not fantastic enough to bloom. I've concluded they may be tempramental and need extra TLC (which I dont do alot of to my plants) As for advice on whether to plant in the ground or not, I can only recommend u do some homework so u can know where it would be best to plant and how to proceed in continuing the care of it. I wish u luck; hopefully oneday I'll be able to feel mine is healthy enough to plant also.

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If it's doing so well I would definitely leave it alone. Gardenias are so difficult, I'd say if you've lucked out on a happy one don't upset it !
A bit of iron chelate would be OK, but I'd use half the recommended dose. I always greatly dilute plant foods and additives for my container plants.

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DeborahL #84467 Jul 7th, 2007 at 11:06 PM
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I too, would leave it alone. I got a beautiful gardenia from my father-in-law who is a wonderful gardener. We put it out too soon, and it froze. Before it froze, it was blooming beautifully. It's taken MONTHS to get it back to beautiful.

Anyway, it's great that your plant is doing so well! I would leave it alone until you have an issue with it.


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