A Gardenia Problem... OF COURSE!
Hello folks! I have to give my strange gardenia credit... she has turned me into quite the inquisitive gardener, and I might never have jumped on a forum if it hadn't been for her....
I received this unmarked gardenia as a staff appreciation gift in May 2011. It was about half the size in the photo. She had three buds, all which promptly fell off the first time I looked at her funny.
To her credit, she's stuck with this amateur all this time. Clearly she knew I hadn't set out to do her harm - I just had no idea gardenias were typically so....impossible.
I unceremoniously plunked her in a new pot early this year (maybe in February? I'm not even sure) with some random Miracle Grow formula. I have no idea what kind.
She sits in a west-facing window in an office that ranges from 78-88 degrees. I water her a little bit every day, but that's it.
I realized something might be amiss this summer when she hadn't budded. I have heard such great things about the smell of gardenias, but hadn't seen a single bud since I got her.
Her leaves are all nice and dark green, with a glossy tint, but some on the inside are a little scraggly (making me think she might want to be a tree. I think if I pruned those out, she would grow look a little more stately). New shoots are constantly growing, but she just refuses to put out.
I've heard of fish emulsion and coffee grounds and spritzing the leaves with filtered water and vinegar, and shaking a chicken over it while hopping on one foot under a full moon.
Should I not test my luck and just continue as I'm going? Or should I try to coax her out of her shell?