Archaia
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My poor Gardenias

Hello!

I am fairly new at gardening (and I only have house plants!) and I have recently purchased some gardenias. They have been doing fine for the couple of weeks I've had them, but now they have developed some strange white "pebbles" that I cannot figure out what are. They are porous, about 0.04 - 0.12 inches in size.

I started noticing them in the top soil, and thought they were fertilizer in the store bought soil, but then the leaves started withering, and I noticed the white stuff around the stem of one of the plants. At this point, I didn't connect the two things, and thought that it was mold developing on the stem. This plant died.

The two other gardenias I have left have also got the little white pebbles in the top soil, but I have now noticed it in the crown leaves as well! Where you would normally see a bud or a flower, there are now little white pebbles. I have thrown away all their soil, cleaned their pots, and now put them in a little bucket with water around their roots. I intend to buy new soil for them in the morning. I would love to know what it is, though, and what I can do to prevent it from reoccurring.

Thank you in advance!

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A picture would be a great help in identifying the problem. :)

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Archaia
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Thanks! Unfortunately I had already cleaned them when I posted, but I managed to find a couple of the white "pebbles" in between the leaves, and in the windowsill, so I am posting photos of those. There were several in both the soil and on the plants themselves. The pebbles feel almost like salt flakes to the touch, they break easily.

[img]https://stellarfrontier.net/upload/files/plant1.jpg[/img]
[img]https://stellarfrontier.net/upload/files/plant2.jpg[/img]
[img]https://stellarfrontier.net/upload/files/plant3.jpg[/img]

Hope this helps!
:)

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