Buds falling off of gardenias
I have two indoor gardenias. I bought them on the 25th of February. They were very healthy and green when I bought them. They also had lots of blooms on them, and one of the blooms had started to open. However, the blooms still haven't opened, not even the one that had started to open when I bought it. But now the leaves are dying and falling off, and the buds are turning yellow and falling off... What am I doing wrong?
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Gardenias can be temperamental. Bud drop (and leaf drop) can be an irritating problem. Bud drop is when flower buds abort right before blooming. Common causes include low humidity, overwatering, underwatering, insufficeint light, high temperatures, temperature fluctuations, cold drafts or a change in plant locations. I suspect your problem is low humidity, especially at this time of year. Try placing your plant on top of a water-tight tray filled with pebbles and filled with water to help maintain a higher level of humidity for your gardenia. Good luck!

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