Indoor gardenia shedding leaves and growing more!
I have a gardenia I got as a gift on this last Women's Day. It's in a 6" plastic pot inside a clay pot (I was told not to transplant it yet and wait for it to finish blooming). It is in a South-facing window and it is about 15 inches tall and as wide.
Here's the thing. It survived, with ongoing problems. So far, it gave me four blooms. In time (after it almost died from lack of humidity), I have learned to water it right (water sparingly but often, which in my case means twice a day), so humidity seems not to be an issue anymore. However, two weeks ago, just as it seemed to feel at home, it spontaneously dropped about half its leaves, which yellowed almost overnight. I know what you all think--typical gardenia horror story. Not!
As soon as the leaves dried and dropped, the plant went into overproduction mode. Branches started producing secondary branches, and a bunch of new shoots grew directly out of the soil. New leaves all over the place! Nothing is falling off it anymore either.
What is going on with my gardenia? I am trying to take a universal approach, which is that living beings fight off whatever ails them, and in this case, the plant just needed to get rid of old tissue so it can save the energy of carrying it and invest it instead in growing new tissue. Makes me think of my silver maples!
Is this looking up or an ill omen? The new growth looks healthy, although a few branches do have those typical leaves that are a bit paler with darker veins (planning on soaking peat moss and watering with that to give it some more acid; also planning on watering with water other than tap water). Also, the new leaves are quite larger than the old ones.
Please, tell me whether this is good or bad, and if this is good, what I can do to help my gardenia finally establish and live happily ever after.