Gardenia flowers are beautiful. They have been around since ancient times.
But what exactly are they? What makes them so special?
Well, let’s start with their name: Gardenia means “garden” in Italian and berry means flower or fruit. So basically it means “flower of the garden”. There are many varieties of these flowers but most of them look like little red berries hanging down from a plant. Some even resemble tiny grapes!
The flowers grow from a stem called a peduncle. The stems are usually attached to the ground. These plants are very easy to care for because they don’t require much water or soil. They need light, warmth and humidity.
If you want to grow them indoors, you will probably need some kind of lighting system such as fluorescent bulbs or artificial lights. You may also want to consider growing your own food for them since they eat just about anything (including each other).
What makes gardenia flowers so unique is that they produce seeds. When a seedling grows up into a flower, it produces seeds which eventually fall off and develop into new plants. Seeds are small, round and white in color. They’re pretty simple looking when they’re still inside the egg-shaped capsule they come in.
However, once the capsule opens up, these tiny gems become something quite spectacular!
How To Keep Gardenia Buds From Falling Off?
Gardenias are one of the more unique looking flowers out there. They’re great for adding some flair to bouquets or even for putting in a vase all by themselves.
For most people these flowers are great for cutting, but what if you want them around for a while longer than just a few days?
This guide is going to go over some tips on how to keep gardenia buds from falling off and keep them around as long as possible.
Buy Younger Plants
The first thing you’re going to want to do is to go out and buy some gardenia plants. Just make sure you’re getting them from a reputable dealer or garden center. These flowers can be kind of picky about where they live so you don’t want to end up with something that’s going to die on you. As far as containers are concerned, a standard potted plant works just fine.
You don’t necessarily need anything special.
The next thing you want to think about is the location of where you’re going to put your gardenia plants. You’re going to want to put them in a location that has filtered sunlight. If you’re able, a southern or southeastern facing window is even better. Make sure that the pot can fit comfortably on your windowsill.
You don’t want it falling over because it’s too big or heavy for the sill.
During the spring and summer months, you want to keep your gardenia outside. Find it a nice location in your backyard where it can get plenty of sunlight during the day. Just be aware that you might attract some bees and other insects with the flowers. You also want to keep an eye on them and make sure neighborhood pets or children don’t mess with them.
If your gardenia is doing okay outside, you can leave it out there. Just keep an eye on the weather and if a bad storm is coming, bring it inside.
Water Your Gardenia With Filtered Water
Gardenias are very picky when it comes to their water. If the water has lots of minerals in it or isn’t filtered, it might cause your gardenia to get brown spots on its leaves. Check your gardenias leaves every few days and if you notice any brown spots, this might be the reason. If this is the case, you need to cut out as much of the brown as you can as soon as possible.
After removing the dead or dying leaves, make sure you water it with filtered water. Keep an eye on it for a while and see if the problem clears up.
Fertilize About Once A Month
If you can, you’re going to want to fertilize your gardenia plant about once every month or so. If you’re using a purchased potting soil, it might already have the nutrients that the gardenia needs included. Otherwise you can buy a fertilizer that’s formulated for African violets specifically. Follow the instructions on the package for the best results.
These tips should help keep your gardenia plants healthy and thriving. Just make sure you’re keeping an eye on the plant and acting accordingly if something starts to go wrong. Also, be sure to check it every now and then to make sure the pot isn’t filling up with water. Overwatering is just as bad as underwatering when it comes to plants, so keep that in mind.
If you have more questions or want to share your own tips and experiences, feel free to leave your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!
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