Gardenias, Begonias, & Fuchsias
Every plant has it’s own unique set of needs to be healthy and vibrant.
- grow best in east windows
- need acid soil, warmth, sunshine and moist air
- keep moist – but do not let it get waterlogged
- should be sprayed every day
Gardenia Tree Magic – Pam’s Tip
I have a Gardenia Tree – I’ve always had a hard time getting it to flower. I might get a few buds but never very many.
One day…I was reading one of my grandma’s garden books. In the book, it said that when you boil a vegetable like asparagus…when done…remove the asparagus then set the water aside to let it cool. Once cooled completely, I watered my the tree. Within one week, I started to count the flower buds, and I quit counting at 60 buds! It’s amazing and completely natural.
- grow well in porous soil – made up of loam, leaf mulch, cow manure, bonemeal and charcoal
- soil around a begonia should support the plant, but not be pressed down as firmly as other plants
- good drainage is necessary
- protect from full sun
- do not expose them to sudden temperature changes for good growth
- hanging baskets need shade
- they must be watered every day
- roots must be kept moist or leaves will drop
- top should also be sprayed with water
- a pinch of soot on the soil will cause the fuchsia to produce flowers of deeper color
- can’t stand sudden temperature drops – it causes buds to fall off