You must have noticed that your Gardenia has yellowed, and its petals are falling off. You would probably give it some time to revive, but you may not want to wait for too long because the plant is pretty precious. Suppose you have recently noticed this happening to your precious plant. In that case, you’re probably feeling quite devastated about the whole situation. But don’t worry! In most cases, a little effort will help your Gardenia come back from the brink of death. Here are great ways how to revive your Gardenia, healthy and alive.
Causes of Wilting
Not Enough Humidity
Ensure that the soil in your housing has a sufficient amount of moisture. Suppose the humidity level in your house isn’t well maintained. In that case, it can easily have a negative impact on how conditions are for your plant.
If you live at an altitude where there’s higher air pressure against ground level than normal, this could cause damage to your beloved plants. When such kind of phenomenon occurs, it can literally suck moisture from those areas beneath low-lying land (just like the area is submerged underwater). Hence, more often than not caused by this problem.
Wilting due to too much sunshine
The Gardenia loves sunshine. This is how it gets its optimal UV light in sunlight. Therefore if there’s an excessive amount of sun or heat energy reflecting on leaves, they might suffer a massive loss of moisture (which will lead them to wilt without fail). They will eventually burn up as well. If you wake up in certain parts of your house and see that the rooms are extremely average and even a bit gloomy, then don’t jump to think it’s just because of lack of dispersion. It is caused by too much exposure to heat through reflection from sunlight.
Too Much Shade
If your Gardenia plant is in totally shaded areas, it may look drab and lifeless. Relocate it to an area that receives direct sunlight in the early morning and afternoon shade.
Wilting due to overhead water loss
The common ways for improper drainage in houses could also be largely causing this type of condition. Not only can it cause wilted leaves but one could also experience rotting on the roots of plants, or soils getting slimy without any reason.
Diseases such as sooty mold, leaf spot fungus, and powdery mildew can cause wilted brown leaves on the leaves of plants. Almost all of these diseases are visually obvious on the plant. They should be dealt with immediately to keep the disease from causing the plant to perish.
Other Causes of Dried Leaves
If you see that the plant’s regular environmental requirements are being met, you may want to look at the leaves themselves to make sure. A common misconception is that you should always water a plant from the top, allowing the water to touch the leaves. However, some plants will begin to die if water comes into contact with their leaves. Gardenias are plants that don’t like it when water falls on their leaves or stems.
How to Revive a Dying Gardenia
If your Gardenia is looking wilted or droopy, don’t despair! It’s not too late. There are several ways to revive it and get it looking healthy and vibrant once again.
Determine the Cause of the Problem
Step one is to track down the problem. Do some inspections. If the specific cause has already been identified, go with that solution first.
If not fully determined what is wrong yet, look for possibilities from all numbers of causes listed above (usually more than one). Decide on a problem to tackle and eliminate it. If you still have no idea about what’s causing it or how to fix or revive your plant at this point in time, you can ask an expert gardener.
Increase Humidity Level
If your plant is wilted, mist your plant to increase the air humidity level. Put a plastic bowl on the floor in front of your plant and use water to fill it. Add holes on top of it with a paper towel. Place this around any wilted area, ensuring that no extra amount falls over or into surrounding soil where hurt plants could have been planted previously. If you live in high altitudes, try misting or installing a humidifier.
Keep Your Gardenia Hydrated As Needed
You should be bringing water and nutrients to a plant only as needed. When watering your plants, apply just enough of the nutrients they need. Gardenia like their soil to have good drainage. It’s because excess water acts as shock absorbers when it goes into them through all those holes on top or directly in the stones below, it can flow right out again without causing any harm or whatsoever. Don’t let your plant dry out completely.
Address the overhead water Loss. If this happens to your plant, proceed by watering the Gardenia somewhat more slowly and regularly. Ensure that it’s dry a couple of hours after you water it in light of what occurs when an excessive load of moisture reaches soil via drainage holes instead.
Gardenia is one of the plants that doesn’t want its leaves directly watered. To avoid contact with the leaves or the flowers, it is best to water the soil directly.
Provide Ample Space to Grow
Your Gardenia likes to put on leaves faster than it may have been doing so and can even desire more of them. Instead of limiting its growth, let your plant use all the space at once. Provide space that is available for achieving enough shade and light without shutting down from too much sunlight when it’s in bloom. Give the plant ample room to grow. Don’t overcrowd it.
Feed Your Plant with Enough Nutrients
These plants use their roots to gather nutrients from the soil planted. At plant growth, water your Gardenia well. Then follow it up with enough nutrient-intensive fertilizer that you give during its blooming time (or after bloom every year if this is what you want.) Always keep an eye on the plant and remove any dead leaves or branches to get the nutrients it needs.
Prune Your Plant to Encourage New Growth
Pruning helps remove dead or damaged branches so that the tree can rejuvenate and produce more flowers and fruit.
Treat your Plant from Diseases and Pests
Inspect the leaves on a regular basis because pests such as spider mites, scales, and aphids may choose to make their home on the leaves. To address all of these issues, it is recommended that you use an antifungal-antipest product regularly, but only in moderation to not harm the plant further. Because gardenias may be harmed by using insecticidal soap, it is recommended that you avoid using it.
Gardenia plants should be spaced apart to allow for better air circulation, which will lower the humidity level and inhibit fungus growth. From there, cut off any diseased parts of the plant and destroy them to prevent the disease from spreading further. If at all possible, avoid using fungicides. However, fungicides for powdery mildew and other fungi should be applied as soon as possible if necessary.
Stem canker is another problem that can arise in a gardenia. Dark lesions with raised edges are common manifestations of this disease. Removing the infected stems with disinfected pruners is the most effective rescuing a gardenia plant from this infection. This can be accomplished with a bleach solution containing ten percent chlorine. Once you’ve done that, you should irrigate the plant to reduce the amount of moisture in its soil. However, you shouldn’t stress the plant by changing its watering and fertilizing routines too frequently.
In the case of gardenias, sooty mold appears as a charcoal-black coating on the plants. It is caused by a fungus thriving on the honeydew, a sugary liquid left behind by aphids as they suck up the plant’s nectar. Despite its unappealing appearance, this is one of the few gardenia diseases that does not cause significant damage beyond blocking out some sunlight. Because aphids are the primary cause of this disease rather than the fungus itself, efforts should be directed at eliminating the aphids rather than the fungus.