How to Care for Gardenia Plants in Freezing Weather

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Caring for gardenia plants in freezing weather will require you to make sure that they are getting the appropriate amount of sunlight. Care for gardenia plants in freezing weather with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello. My name is Nicholas Staddon. I'm with Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about how to care for gardenia plants in freezing weather. Gardenias are not inexpensive plants to buy. And I'm going to show you a couple of great tips how to look after them when the temperatures drop below normal. Gardenias are fabulous plants. And wherever we live in the United States whether in the cold regions or the warmer regions, gardenias are readily available. This variety is called August Beauty. Wonderful fragrance, very sweet. What is so unusual about this plant is that she's a grafted gardenia. And so she'd really quite special. The weather's changing, winter is upon us and suddenly it's colder than normal. So there's a couples of things you can do. If you have an atrium, a winter room, a warm garage, bring the gardenias indoors. Make sure that you don't keep them too much on the wet side, but the ones that are outside we're going to try and protect them from freezing weather. So a couple of great ideas. You can use burlap. Basically you would just take the burlap, cover the plant with it. This will protect the plant to some degree. Fiber blanket is very warm and it protects plants even in the lowest of temperatures. You cover the whole plant and it keeps her quite warm and quite toasty. In the morning when it warms up at about half past nine, ten o'clock, you just take her off. Of course the best protection if you can is to have her indoors with you. But remember fiber blanket as a last resort, can be your friend.


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