The Best Fertilizer for Your Gardenias

By Joseph Boyle , last updated April 26, 2011

If you’ve got a troublesome gardenia bush in your garden and you feel like you’re banging your head against the wall trying to get it to bloom, here are some expert tips on how proper fertilizing practices can help you. Gardenias are magnificent plants when they are in full bloom, boasting their enormous flowers and intoxicating fragrance, but as many a gardener has learned, it can be quite a difficult journey getting to those beautiful blossoms. Proper fertilizing and caretaking is essential to coaxing those beautiful buds into blooming.

If you are looking to get your gardenias to bloom, there are four things to be aware of: light level, humidity, temperature, and fertilizer. The right amount of sunlight is an essential element in the blooming process, as well as overall health. Gardenias love sunlight. The ideal positioning is somewhere that they will get a good deal of sunlight, but be shaded during the heat of the day. Gardenias require a fair amount of humidity for proper health. If you do not already live in a humid climate, there are a few things you can do to increase the humidity around your plant. Regular misting with a spray bottle can be quite helpful. In addition, if your gardenia is in a container, you can place the entire container on a tray filled with gravel and water. This will increase humidity levels. The ideal temperature for gardenias is around 75 during the day and around 55 at night.

But if you find that you’ve maintained all that, fertilizing might be the key. Gardenias are hungry plants and require a lot of feeding. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on store bought fertilizers, you can fertilize with things around your house. Coffee grounds, wood ash, and Epsom salt can all help feed your gardenias and contribute to their growing beautiful blossoms.

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