re-pot in al's gritty mix or wait ??Heatstressed Gardenia! Help!
Ok I'm really new here and dont even know if i'm posting in the right place,if not please let me know.Anyway I have a 3 gallon Aug.Beauty Gardenia in a plastic pot, still in the same pot and soil I bought it in. I've had it now about 3 months and it was doing great!Blooming the entire time I've had it(until now) and beautiful crisp green leaves. Until this crazy texas heat came rolling in, its been over 110f for the past week and a half, and will continue through next week. About three days ago I noticed it was a bit wilted and some of the leaves were going yellow.I didnt think much of it then but this morning @7am when I went out I saw about half of leaves were totally dry and then rest were light green and wilted along with the branches. I checked the soil and it was so HOT I could hardly stand it. I watered it with cool water and took it into the house. I usually have it under an old Pecan tree that allows morning sun and filtered light after about 10am. I know very little about gardening on general, let alone how to care for a gardenia. The only reason I even got this thing was because my 7yr. old daughter fell in love with it at the nursery, so I got her 3!LOL One is in a pot under the same tree doing great still blooming, and the other well......I wanted a gardenia in the ground so I pulled it outta the pot and noticed that there were two plants in there. SO (me in my blissful ignorance) I ripped apart the two that were potted together and planted them both in the ground ,and even those are doing awesome!!! I called the nursery where I bought them an told them what was going on and the man that answered said that Gardenias in texas are only sold as "novelties" he said they are such particular plants and so hard to grow they're not worth the effort,and went on to say I should throw it away and enjoy the others while they're blooming 'cuz I will certainly kill them. When I do they also should be thrown away according to him gardenias in Tx are just annuals. I asked why that part was not mentioned when I paid $30.00 each and was told at purchase they had a warranty, if they died within one year I could get my money back. Regardless of why they died. He was quick to say, that didnt apply to gardenias and hang up on me!I would really enjoy proving him dead wrong,and I know with ur help I can! Please if someone could please offer any help/advise I would really,really,really be grateful!Oh by the way i forgot to mention watering, I only ever watered after the top 3-4 inches or so of top soil felt dry.I'm wanting to repot into Al's gritty mix but I'm afraid to. I'm really unsure about how to even go about doing that.i have done all the sifting and mixing already but still too afraid! LOL Maybe the 5-1-1 mix would be better??