Wow, it has been quite some time since I've checked in here. I hope everyone has been doing great!
Wondering if anyone might be able to help me?
- Gardenia; Purchased winter 2006.
- Repotted to larger pot once since purchased.
- Produced only 2 blooms spring/summer 2007.
- Nearly doubled in size since last year!
- Noticed infestation of tiny fine cobwebs throughout plant (tops & bottoms of leaves, stems, etc.) last week.
- I don't think it's spider mites, there are no tiny red dots.
- There are tiny white dots in the webs.
- Bits of white-ish crust interspersed on leaves throughout plant. (Possibly mealy bugs?)
Action taken so far:
- Cleaned the whole plant: every single leaf, top and bottom, stems, etc, with Q-Tips, using mild solution of Dr. Bronners peppermint soap and tepid water. It took several hours.
- Misted the plant with a solution of water and Neem oil.
- Placed Gardenia on a very large humidity tray.
My Gardenia looked great and very rejuvenated for a few days! But I noticed this morning, one week later, that the webs, etc are back, albeit not as many.
Can anyone give me some advice on what I can do to help my Gardenia?
I was thinking I should remove it from the pot and check the roots. However, I'm not sure what I should do once it's out of the pot besides change the soil.
I do have SuperThrive which I can use to help with the shock. But I'd like to avoid shocking it at all right now if possible.
I think if it can make it til spring time, it'll be okay once I put it back outside. I really want this Gardenia to live. It is beautiful, has lots of new growth, great color, and I think if I can keep it happy enough it'll give us more blooms this year.
Thanks so much for reading, and thanks in advance for any help and advice.