Well, I did it. I bought a beautiful Gardenia standard again this year. Last year I bought one, bare-rooted it and put it in the gritty mix. However, it never did well.
So, I read through the old threads (again) to see what I can do with the new one. Going through the information, I could see that, in some cases, the discussion was to resolve certain problems and the final outcome wasn't always revealed.
Some questions -
Gritty Mix or 5-1-1?
I'm using FP and PT. Do I still need to add gypsum or lime or ?
I was thinking about using Osmocote, too, for acid lovers. Should I do this or just use vinegar?
It seems like the re-pot took its toll last year. Should I wait until fall or early next spring? I'd really like to see some blooms.
The plant will be outside for the summer. I'm in Michigan, would a few hours of afternoon sun be too much?
The plant from last year was purchased from a big box store. I brought it home and replanted it that afternoon. This year's plant is from a higher end nursery and seems healthier. If it's recommended to re-pot at this time of year, should I wait a week or so to get it over the shock of bringing it home.
I'd really like to be successful with the new one. Any advice would be appreciated.