You may remember my post about the great clearance priced gardenia I bought back in late July. Well, he was a showstopper for a bit before becoming decidedly pissed off. Leaves were yellowing and dropping, buds shriveled up, and I was really at an end in our relationship. However, I moved him to a spot in the dining room where he gets bright, indirect light, and hoped for the best (I do think that stretch of TREMENDOUS heat also took a toll). Last week I cleaned him up and noticed that, perhaps, all hope is not lost.
|I really was considering using him for a Halloween decoration. This was after I had shaken out about half of the dead leaves.|
|Then I noticed this, and thought "If he thinks he can still grow back, who am I to disagree?"|
|Enter this product I found online at Logee's. I had ordered it in preparation for the citrus move (since the citrus trees usually get a bit yellow by the end of winter), but was happy to read that it also works well for gardenias. I applied the first application right away.|
|The leaves ARE still glossy, after all, and the yellowing has slowed down a bit.|
|And the new leaves continue to grow. I know this will be an uphill battle, but hopefully a battle worth fighting. (And those white flecks are dust, not mealy bug...which I was worried about)|