Rehab Gardenia Standards Saved from Home Improvement Store!
Today I was in a well known home improvement chain to buy potting soil to transplant a rose and buy a bag-a-bug to save my roses from Japanese Beetles. Well anyway, in the corner were two very brown but a little green Patio Gardenias. I went ahead and requested to buy them at a very discounted price because they were just going to throw them out. I took them home and pruned all of the dead off. They stand about 3 ft tall, in VERY small pots, soil is very moist from the store. I have pruned all the dead stuff off of them and now I just need to know what to do to revive them! The trunk is still green, new growth is showing up all over both trees. Also, someone made them into standards and tied them to sticks. The plastic used for fastening were cutting into the main "trunk" of the gardenia plant. I removed these and replaced them with loosely fastened "twisties" like on bread bags. Please help. I am so used to roses and never did gardenias before! I just want these to live!