Grumpy Gardener's Guide to Gardenias

Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender shares tips and tricks on how to plant and care for one of the South's favorite plants.


[MUSIC] And now, the grumpy gardener. Hi, I'm Steve Bender. I'm Southern Living's, grumpy gardener. [NOISE] One of the essential southern plants, is the gardenia. Now ,you might want to know okay, so I want a gardenia what have I got to do to grow one? Well, it's really easy if you happen to live ,in let's say, from Virginia on south. If you want to plant a gardenia you have to have acid soil, and you have to have well drained soil, and plenty of sun. There are lots of different kinds of gardenia's, and one that I would of recommend that you look for when you go the nursery, is one that's called, First Love. And it has just, absolutely gigantic flowers and are very, very, very, fragrant. Now ,when you get in the garden center or, nursery to buy a gardenia's there's one thing you need to look out for. Before, you bring that plant home, just shake it with your hand a little bit and see if anything flies off. If you see a little white insect, fly off ,that is a white fly. White flies are very bad for gardenias and you don't wanna bring them home, because what they do, is they get on the undersides of the leaves and they suck all the juice out of the plant, out of the leaves, and they multiply like crazy and can actually kill the plant. Now, if you find ,white flies on your plant, what I recommend you do. Just go to your garden center and get a systemic insecticide. They'l show you which one, and you apply that to the plant and the leaves will absorb it and kill the white flies. It is always tempting to pick a gardina bloom, because they are so fragrent and so beautiful but one thing you have [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC] For more tips on essential southern plants, pick up a copy of Sourthern Living and go to southern living .com. [UNKNOWN]
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