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Former 'Brown Thumb' Seeking Tips For Gardenia/Rose Care

Richardson, TX(Zone 7b)

I am very new to gardening and want to ensure that I'm providing the best care for my plants-especially for my beautiful First Love gardenia ('Aimee') and my double knockout rose bushes. I have several other perennials and annuals planted, but these are the two I'm most concerned about. Both are doing very well at the moment. I planted my roses Saturday, April 28, and my gardenia on Friday, April 27. The roses have already put out buds and started blooming, but I've noticed that one of my rose bushes is bent at the base of the plant (right above the soil), and because of this, is constantly slumping forward. I've secured the plant for the time-being, but what else should I be doing to help this little guy grow big and strong? As for my gardenia tree-I originally planted it in full sun, and decided to transplant it last night because I noticed yellowing leaves and drooping buds. After the transplant, I treated my gardenia tree (and roses) with root stimulator. This morning, the buds were no longer drooping and one had even blossomed overnight, so I'm thinking I may have done something right! Can anyone provide me with some more information on how to make sure my gardenia tree continues to bloom and my roses continue to strengthen? Thank you for your help!

-Zone 7b; North Texas

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hi a_boysen...welcome to DG. Here is a bit of info for you on Knockout roses. I would stake the leaning rose to give the roots a chance to anchor it in an upright position.

As for the gardenia, plants often suffer a bit of transplant shock after being moved to the garden. It is not unusual for them to have a few leaves yellow and drop. Aimee is a grafted plant, and the rootstock is exceptionally hardy and resistant. The gardenia needs partial to full sun...4 to 8 hours a day.

Hope this helps answer your questions.

Richardson, TX(Zone 7b)

Thanks so much for your feedback!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Surely, hope it helps..

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