How to Fertilize Gardenias

Read on to find out how to properly fertilize gardenias...

How to Fertilize Gardenias

Gardenias are wonderfully scented, beautifully petaled flowers that any gardener would love to have in the yard. When taken care of properly, gardenia plants produce many large flowers and glossy, bright leaves. If you want to really see results from your gardenia plant, you should make sure to regularly fertilize it. Gardenias require frequent fertilizing, so this is one essential step toward growing a big, beautiful gardenia plant.

Here's how to fertilize your gardenias...

Purchase the right fertilizer...

Purchase the correct fertilizer for your gardenias. Ideally, you should use two types of fertilizers on your gardenia plants: a regular, all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer and an acid-based fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants. The gardenia thrives when fed this combination of fertilizers!

Fertilize often...

You should fertilize your gardenias with the all-purpose fertilizer every two weeks. To do this, mix the fertilizer according to the package instructions. Water the gardenia thoroughly, then apply the fertilizer. Water the plant, once more, to allow the fertilizer to soak through the soil and toward the gardenia's roots.

Every three or four months, you should apply the acid-based fertilizer to the ground surrounding the base of the gardenia. Typically, these fertilizers are granulated, and can simply be sprinkled onto the ground.

Be sure to avoid letting the fertilizer touch any flowers or leaves, as it could burn them. Cover the granules with a layer of soil, and generously water the ground around the gardenia. If you would like to learn more about watering gardenias, check out my article, "How To Water Gardenias."

When fertilized properly, your gardenias will provide you with many years of enjoyment. So, go take care of those gardenias!

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