I have gardenia in a large pot. All summer it was firn outside. Now that
winter is here how do I care for it. DO I take in in doors? Do I cover it?
if so what should I use? DoI need to trim any of the stems?
I live in Raleigh North Carolina and we de get a few inches of snow (may be
1 to 2 inchdes avg whole season) But also ICE storms are frequent (2 -3
times a in the winter).
Any advis or help is appreciated
I bring mine in, northern DE, and it thrives in moderately sunny window with
good watering and occasional sprinkling of lawn fertilizer. I mist to keep
down spider mites and had a scale problem solved with systemic spraying
outside. Gardenia is over 30 years old. Gives lots of flowers and now has
several little clones, some of which, I'll give as Christmas presents.
G. jasminoides (now known as G. augusta and including such popular
varieties as 'Mystery' and 'Veitchii') should be hardy to 20F. If
the cold weather comes on gradually, it can even take colder
temperatures. Indoors, you may have to provide extra humidity
(e.g., mist the foliage daily).
Other Gardenia species are far more tender and cannot take even
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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