If you have a gardenia, here’s what you need to know about fertilizing it. Here are the best times to fertilize your gardenia.
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How do I know when to fertilize my gardenia?
The key to a healthy gardenia is a balanced fertilization routine that includes both the use of organic and inorganic matter. The plant needs a balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium while also getting plenty of sunshine. All these elements will help your gardenia grow to be healthy and beautiful.
Gardenias like to be fed every 2-4 weeks during their blooming season (March to October). Fertilizing your plant encourages it growth and blooms, which will make you happy because this is why you purchased the plant in the first place! It only takes a couple months of manual feeding to get the most out of your gardenia.
Is there a best time of year to fertilize my gardenia?
The best time to fertilize your gardenia is in the spring and summer. The last thing you want to do is feed it in the winter, when temperatures are freezing cold. You should fertilize in the spring when temperature are kinder to your plants.
You also want to fertilize during spring and summer months. It’s easier for you to know when this is happening through a plant calendar or seasonal plant guide. You can choose which season works best with your own specific gardening conditions as well as the weather outside of your home whether it be rain or dry weather.
Mainly, you should fertilize your gardenia once a year in the spring season as well as summer months of August and September for small to medium-sized containers with one feeding per month. But check out these 7 tests for determining how often it’s necessary to feed your gardenia.
Fall feeding isn’t best either. Instead of hurting your plant, fall feeding will put excess nutrients into hibernate or dormant parts of its root systems that may slow down normal growth
What are the benefits of fertilizing my gardenia?
So, the advantages to fertilizing your gardenia are obvious. The major one is that it encourages flowers! And after blooming season comes fall so you won’t be tempted to feed this plant in winter unless there are few other plants waiting for food too.
However, there are also other benefits like preventing diseases, helping your plant to grow stronger and more disease resistant with an iron deficiency. Our gardenias do need quite a lot for them to thrive though. They have very delicate root systems that can quickly wither from too much nutrients being put into the plant . A good mix for a plant of this type is something like a 30:1 ratio.
If you want to be more specific, I’ve provided the amounts that work with how many plants or containers each season – fall, winter and spring then summer. These numbers are based on having a container that is around 30 inches tall and also the rates to feed each plant. It’s best not to overfeed them as it can damage their health! If you use larger containers, the fertilizing ratios may be different since your acidity levels might change with bigger planters too.
Should I wait until the flowers bloom or can I start fertilizing it now?
To me, the only reasons why to not start fertilizing is because there isn’t a plants you want to bloom sooner and they aren’t mature enough yet. For example: one wouldn’t wait until it has lots of blooms before feeding them with nutrition! Definitely do it as soon as you notice that they are past their blooming season!
Also, if the weather is unpredictable then it could be best to wait until now too. I would say give it about 10 days of consistent rain and again after an extended time without precipitation before deciding on fertilization. If there is a chance that you will need to repot some of your plants as the weather may still be too cold (thus fastening their blooming season), by adding more fertilizer, we can ensure healthier and vibrant root systems – so they bloom better.
Which one is better: organic or conventional fertilizer for my gardenia?
Both organic and conventional fertilizer are used to increase plant growth. However, while organic fertilizers may be more beneficial for the environment, they often cost more than their conventional counterparts. A majority of organic fertilizers are made from natural ingredients. These chemicals are believed to be more bio-available, they make use of plant extracts which breaks down at lower temperatures and doesn’t cause chlorosis in the leaf. Chlorination is usually used on conventional forms to enhance the availability of the nutrients, minerals and some other important elements to assist them in absorbing into your plants.
This doesn’t always work every time but there are many readers that get great results with both methods. Personally I like organic forms because they often contain more microelements which nourish the plant from root to tip. On conventional fertilizers there is more bulk, mass and slower movement into the roots which means that they have been heated through a process of pasteurization in order for them to be able to introduce faster rates of application.
It’s important when you are choosing between organic and conventional fertilizers to take note of the quality of each. Organic contains less nitrogen than conventionally produced ones, so it may seem that these couldn’t support growth while in fact they just provide your plants with secondary nutrients provided by micronutrients which then feed into the plants’ growth cycle at various rates.
How to Maximize Gardenia Blooms?
Gardenia bloom is a part of the bloom cycle, which is an important stage in the growth and development of gardenias. Gardenia bloom can last for a few weeks or more depending on how long it takes to produce blooms from bud formation to maturity. During this time, gardenias are pollinated by insects and birds as well as wind currents. So what does determining when the bloom cycle begins in gardenias include? The exact start of this is sometime in March or April depending on your climate. Some gardeners will begin to see flower buds emerge around the beginning half of April which can set off their own blooming period by early May. But on the other hand early blooms aren’t always late bloomers so if you want to be sure of getting your first flowers, waiting at least until the middle part of May is recommended.
The next step for gardenias during this phase of their life cycle will be pollinating and the pollination will occur between June and July depending on weather. After this occurs, nectar production will commence in early to mid-July which has the potential of keeping plants blooming for another month or more before they get completely done flowering. Between September and January gardenias won’t produce blooms but instead last year’s flowers may remain until December when new ones come into bloom along with leaves that are still green adding some life to your gardenia shrubs throughout winter months.