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gardenia buds dying

Posted by Annie_qld QLDAust (My Page) on
Fri, May 6, 05 at 7:30

A friend of mine has 2 gardenias side by side. One is lovely and blooming nicely but the other hasn't anywhere near the same number of buds and the majority of those are falling off.
The little stem to the bud is rotting then the rot starts up the bud and somewhere along the line the whole thing drops off.
I told my friend I would ask here if anyone knew why it was happening and what she could do about it.
So what you do think?

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RE: gardenia buds dying

Hi Annie,
The reason could be a potassium deficiency. This is easily fixed. Water the plant well, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Sulphate of Potash around the root zone then water again.
Bud drop can also be caused by drought, cold, temperature fluctuations, lack of light or poor drainage. I think the potash will more than likely solve the problem and is pretty easy to do.

RE: gardenia buds dying

thanks, Dee.
I'll tell my friend that. I think she'll be grateful that it's easy to fix.

RE: gardenia buds dying

I am having the same problem and will definately try the sulphate of potash. I have also read to water with distilled water. I have R/O water in my home would that be work as well?

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