Gardenia to be moved

My poor gardenia has been attacked by vine weevil, red spider mite, aphids and snails.

It only produced one flower all year!

But I love it dearly and the scent when flowers actually grow, is heavenly.

 I've decided to take it out of its pot, checking all is good with roots, changing the soil etc, then putting it indoors, in a bright spot with no direct sunlight, cool and away from radiators, in the hope it may be happier (I don't think it likes my damp, cold garden in the winter).

Is there any particular compost it would like most, any particular pot (it's currently in a terracotta one), any particular aspect etc, that I don't know about?

We may  get a small garden room built next year, mainly in glass and was wondering if it's a plant that likes a cool conservatory-type space or not.

I'm not giving up on it!

Many thanks.

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  • Anyone? image

  • Please!

    am stuck on how to proceed and would love to get it all right, so my gardenia is finally happy 

    thanks image

  • Jess.......is your Gardenia G. jasminoides  syn. florida ( Cape Jasmine, Common Gardenia )......frost tender and therefore generally sold as a House Plant ?

    They prefer a shady situation indoors with a humus rich but well draining compost erring on the acid side of neutral. If it is that type, you are lucky to have it survive overwinter in the gardenimage

    There has been a fairly recent introduction ( I believe) of a similar plant but supposedly hardy ( sorry I don't know the name offhand ) and which is being sold as a garden shrub. If that one, I'd refer back to the supplier of your plant for further info.  I'd imagine it would probably need the same sort of conditions as above but would apparently tolerate colder conditions.

    Hope this is of some helpimage 

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,535

    Sorry philippa, you posted whilst I was trying to copy and paste image

  • BMum......no problem.......I was just going off what I could recall off the top of my head so probably the RHS thingy is more up to date.  My computer is far too slow ( and I'm far too thick ) to even consider looking stuff up and adding links and thingsimage

  • Thank you both so much for for your responses - the RHS site is very good. Looks like a fussy plant to grow, whether indoors or out! I'm sure you're not thick at all Philippa!

    Beaus: I'm not sure which type it is, but it was bought as an outdoor plant many moons ago, in a garden centre and I would guess it's probably a big standard G. jasminoides, as the leaves and flowers look right. London has had some very mild winters lately, so yes, it was partly that and partly keeping it along a very sheltered west wall which probably helped it to survive. 

    Off to get my compost sorted now! And a better pot. And a gravel tray. And a pair of kid gloves. Maybe I ougut. to talk to it nicely too....image

  • Ok, fussy gardenia update then :

    I repotted it and kept it indoors, in a not too warm room, away from radiators. It is sitting on a bed of small pebbles, which I mist frequently, as well as misting the little darling itself every other day or so. Soil is ericaceous compost, top dressed with horticultural grit.

    Seemed really happy just before days got very short - put out a few cautious new leaves.

    But now, after so much care and attention, many leaves are going yellowish and dropping off. No new growth. 

    No pests to speak of.

    I want to start feeding it ( I read that it just needs a generic feed and not much either, over winter, then from Spring a nitrogen rich feed specific to gardenias, weekly), but what is best to use and how ought I apply it? Do I water that in weekly and then separately mist the leaves, or do i water the feed into the pebble tray?

    Argh! Too high maintenance for me, but I refuse to give up! image

  • BUMP -  there must be an indoor gardenia expert on here somewhere image

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