Can I transplant this gardenia now?

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This has been in this large pot since spring or maybe before, I can't remember when I put it there. All summer I intended to put it into the ground but never did. Will it be OK here over the winter? If so, should I do anything to keep it healthy? The pot is about 16 inches tall.
q can i transplant this gardenia now
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 11, 2016
    I would recommend leaving the plant until spring. Temperatures are to erratic this time of year and it will not adjust in time before your winter for your zone sets in. Place some light weight mulch just a bit around the roots.
  • Mam14389113 Mam14389113 on Dec 11, 2016
    Feed it coffee grounds. Truly works. I use ground on all my plants - potted or in ground.

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    • Mfbandit769 Mfbandit769 on Dec 15, 2016
      Never work coffee ground into the soil...just sprinkle on top of the soil. I have transplanted gardenias of all varieties at pretty much all times of the year....just keep watered and transplant to the correct site. They're pretty tough plants.
  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Dec 12, 2016
    The recipe I have is for 2 cups of grounds to 5 gallon of water to use as fertilizer but you can also strew some on the ground and water it in too. You can also do the same thing with tea bags.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 14, 2016
    There's a good chance your plant is rootbound. Fall is a good time for planting also. Go ahead, but make sure you loosen up the roots and ammend the hole with some cow manure or petemoss. Don't forget to water it very, very well.

    You can use coffee grounds, diluted coffee ( leftover in the pot or cup) or acid loving plant food slow granular feed.
    Good luck
  • Dixie Dixie on Dec 14, 2016
    I'm posting this on December 14th. I'd say to go ahead and plant it now. It's better to give it time to acclimate to the new "home" while it's more or less dormant. I wouldn't fertilize it until spring. Just make sure you have good soil it's going into. If it's clay, make the hole really big and add some nice new garden soil. You can buy it at your Home Depot, etc. I don't know your normal winter temperatures, but if it's going to freeze, be sure and cover it. Until next year, put a stick beside it so if you have to cover it, it won't flatten it.
  • Marie Caruana Marie Caruana on Dec 14, 2016
    I live on Long Island--we get freezing temps--and my huge gardenia was split into two and will live indoors until spring. If your temps get VERY cold, I wouldn't put it outside for the winter.

    • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Dec 17, 2016
      This is the best time to plant anything up to February depends how cold it gets but you can get Agricultural Fleece and cover it,fleece is not expensive,you could put a stone each end to hold the fleece.Your Gardenia is so healthy looking pity to loose it.
  • Plant Care Plant Care on Dec 14, 2016
    Louise, it REALLY depends on where you live. Personally, I'd wait until Spring when things warm up. Shameless plug my article on Gardenia care: https://plantcaretoday.com/how-to-grow-and-care-for-gardenia-plants.html


  • Mam14389113 Mam14389113 on Dec 15, 2016
    I just dump the entire contents of the brew cup on whatever plant seems the most needy. Or scatter the grounds. I have never had a problem with the grounds damaging a plant or a veggie. Recycling at it's best!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Dec 15, 2016
    I live in Dunwoody, Georgia and I would not put out a plant this time of year. I would wait until Spring! Put in a basement if you have one or under a deck...to keep it out of the bitter cold. We have already had mid-20s cold so you may want to move it inside your garage. If you don't have anywhere to store it, plant it and then cover it with a sheet nights when it is freezing!

    Coffee grounds works great to spread about the plants.

  • Marilee H Marilee H on Dec 15, 2016
    If the ground is still soft, you can just sink the entire pot in the ground for the winter, somewhere protected from harsh weather. This will protect the roots somewhat, and you can do a proper planting in the spring. I have done this with mums, and it worked fine.
  • Barbara C Barbara C on Dec 15, 2016
    The plant appears to be doing very well as is. Leave it alone til spring.If you feel better, move it into a garage or unheated room.
  • Kathy Morton Kathy Morton on Dec 15, 2016
    Do NOT fertilize while you gardenia is blooming as this can possibly cause it to burn the roots and kill it
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Dec 16, 2016
    Wait until weather is warmer, late April to mid May. I feel like the weather this year is going to be colder than usual...so much for global warming in VA.
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