Have you ever spent your hard earned money on a beautiful plant and dug it the most perfect hole and gave it plenty of compost in its home and lovingly watered it and then, THEN! it has the audacity to just sit there? And not grow? And even start dropping leaves? What to do?
The dark almost brown color of the brick on our house calls for lots of white, so gardenia seemed like the perfect choice.
I found a variety of Gardenia that grows 2′-3′ which would be perfect in front of our porch and put two on each side of the steps.
The green looked nice and I knew it would be spectacular when they bloomed.
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That first summer they did beautifully, but eventually, the lack of sun, combined with the lack of rain took its toll.
They were no longer full and green. And they never bloomed any more. They are just sticks now, with only a few leaves.
There are many reasons for a plant not doing well. As I mentioned before, lack of water can be one. Also lack of, or too much, sun is another one. Since generally gardenias like sun, I am pretty sure this is the main problem with mine. There are several mature oak trees in my front yard and the gardenias just are not getting the sun exposure that they need. So. What to do?
This past Saturday, I picked out a sunnier spot and dug four holes.
Then I dug up the pitiful plants and put them in the newly dug holes.
I then gave them a good drink of water.
I think they will be much happier here.
Can you imagine 7 blooming hydrangeas in front of those Italian Cypress trees and 4 blooming gardenias in front of those?
It’s looking so good now that the trees have some height and the hydrangeas are starting to get big enough to show up too.
So, if your plant isn’t performing like you thought it should examine what could be wrong and fix it!
Have you transplanted anything lately?