Hilary, I had a question for you:
My favorite flower is the gardenia; however, I’ve failed three times now to keep one alive, though one of those I can attribute to an infestation of bugs.
I’ve read about them and tried to follow the directions of keeping them out of drafts, misting them, and keeping them at a cool but sunny location. Any suggestions?
Thank you for your question. Well, you know, Gardenias are so tough to grow. If you can get them in just the right place, they will thrive, otherwise – well you know about the otherwise.
It sounds like you are doing all the right things, but in case it might be helpful, here is our information page on gardenias: Gardenia Growing Tips Page
The only other suggestions I have for you are:
1. Provide even watering. They don’t like to be too dry or too wet – it has to be just right
2. Rather than misting to provide humidity, I would try a large pebble tray because it gives even humidity over a longer period of time. Misting can sometimes cause problems with gardenias.
3. Make sure your nighttime temperatures are not too hot.
Read the detailed information page above, and let me know how it goes!
Have good week!