Gardenia has a specific appearance, due to which it is often confused with a rose. There are several hundred varieties of this plant, but only its jasmine appearance will be optimal for growing at home. And in this article we will try to figure out how to properly care for this beautiful flower.
Providing a gardenia flowerpot with a sufficient amount of diffused ultraviolet radiation is the main condition for its unhindered growth and flowering. The best place for a pot would be window sills on the east or west side of the house. In summer, the flowerpot should be well protected from scorching sunlight, and in winter it is recommended to install additional light sources in the form of standard fluorescent lamps.
Gardenia buds are very fragile, so during the growth period the young plant should not be moved to another place or turned “face” to the sun or turned away from it. It is also recommended to protect the indoor flower from any temperature changes, so determine in advance a room that will not be often aired.
In the summer-spring period, an optimal temperature in a room with gardenia will be an indicator from 20 to 24 degrees of heat. In winter, gardenia falls into a state of rest, and the flower will comfortably tolerate wintering if the temperature is maintained in the room from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.
The soil in the gardenia pot must be constantly moist. The earthen coma should not be allowed to dry out, but it is also impossible to fill the flower. For watering, it is best to use a liquid purified from chemical impurities, warmed up to room temperature. If it is not possible to buy such water, then you can defend the liquid flowing from the tap.
During the period when the gardenia blooms, you should spray the flower from the spray gun once a day. This time is the moment when the flower most needs water, so it is necessary to moisten it additionally, otherwise we will not achieve active flowering.
The same rule applies to humidity in a room with a pot. If the grower can not ensure the maintenance of this parameter in the region of 60-70%, then placement of water baths next to the pot will be useful.
Use minerals for gardenia should be in the spring and summer - at this time the flower absorbs the maximum amount of fertilizing, since it requires a lot of strength for flowering. The rest of the time (in autumn and winter) you can completely forget about top dressing, as gardenia literally “falls asleep” and gathers strength before moving on to the next season.