Why would my gardenia plant not be flowering?


I have a gardenia plant that just does not grow. It always looks very healthy and green and will produce a new leaf or 2 but remains the same size and does not flower. Any suggestions? Richard H.

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  • Lynn Lynn on Aug 09, 2019

    Repot into a larger container with fertilizer.

  • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Aug 09, 2019

    Gardinia can be wuite a challenge that's for sure. Usually it has to do with the location. They do best in an area that is protected from breeze and wind (like a covered entryway planter or pot.) Or shielded by other plants. They do best when there isn't a fast temperature change. Here are a few questions to determine a possible solution.

    Is it planted in excellent soil with drainage? Does it get enough sun? Or too much?

    Lack of growth sounds like not quite enough sun. Keep at it and you'll find the right location where your gardinia thrives.

    • Richard Richard on Aug 09, 2019

      Thanks I live in AZ so I try not to let it in the sun for to long of a time. It has good soil and is in a large pot already. The wind can be a challenge at times so I have to watch the weather closely. I keep the soil moist but not wet and periodically give it fertilizer. I'll just keep trying as long as it's looking healthy. Thanks again. Richard H.

  • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Aug 09, 2019

    I use Ozmecote on my gardinia. It sounds like you are doing what you can for your location. If it continues to struggle then gently remove it from the pot and check the roots? Perhaps add a root simulating product? I have worked in the nursery industry and sometimes a plant is just a dud for no good reason.

  • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Aug 09, 2019

    You are welcome Richard.

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