Don’s Expert Answers: Drying (young) gardenia

Question From:
Tracy in Ermington, Sydney New South Wales

Nature of problem:
Drying (young) gardenia

Type of Plant (if known):
Gardenias True Love

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
2-3 days

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:

How long since you planted it:
2 weeks

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Yes, super 6

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:
Used premium garden mix and a bag of azalea soil mix

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Other Comments:
Brought as tubestock size, planted a week after plant arrived (have watered various times before planting in ground), and after two weeks in ground, half of the plants (13/30 plants) are looking dry, leaves crispy and the other half looks healthy. All thirty gardenias are planted in a 9m x 1m garden bed, planted approximately 3 per meter to create hedges. Please advice.

Hi Tracy, This is either drying out or fertiliser burn. Get some Scotts Everydrop wetting agent and apply it as directed. Do not fertilise plants at or near planting time…but if you must, water the fertiliser in for 5 minutes. Don