Watering gardenia plants - how often in hot weather?

F1nchyF1nchy Posts: 2

Hi all

We recently moved from the UK to Dubai and have just bought a couple of gardenias for our balcony. They're in tall pots with plenty of soil, but we can't guage how often we need to water them. They're in shade for most of the day but get a few hours of direct sun before sunset, and it's now starting to cool down here, so around the high 20s celcius, plus the humidity has really reduced.

Should we be watering them daily or every other day here given the warmer climate?

Thanks!

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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I would say just to keep the soil evenly most but not waterlogged. A soil Moisture metre can be quite useful, quite cheap to buy online image

  • F1nchyF1nchy Posts: 2

    Thanks Matt. I guess it'll take us a while to work out how much it drinks in this heat as well.

     

    Do you need to leave the moisture metres in for it to work or could we get one and use that for a few plants? Don't suppose you can recommend a decent cheap one online can you? We've got a couple of rellies out next week and I can order one to them to bring out....!

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    you could try giving it a litre of water or so a day, that would help to stop the waterlogging issue.

    The moisture levels tell you immediately the moisture in the soil at the roots.

    I think I got mine from Wilkinsons for a few pounds (mines a ph tester too)

    http://www.wilko.com/garden-accessories/guardman-ph+moisture-meter/invt/0261281

  • Ive recently purchased a gardenia (it was labelled an indoor plant at Bunnings), but apparently its meant to be grown outdoors?..We live in the country, but its getting quite chilly now. Ive been watering her daily, approx 1 litre (as advised by a relative). However, ive noticed its bottom leaves have turned yellow. Am i killing my plant off? She's in a large pot. How often should i be watering her, and how much?

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