Hello my name is Jose Zuniga and I am representing ExpertVillage.com. We got to the point that we have to loosen the roots for our gardenias. There's alot of benefits to it, if you get the gardenias roots loose it's going to accelerate the growth of the plant and you won't damage the roots while transplanting. You have to be gentle with it, it's like a little baby, it's like an investment.
Apply pressure to the one gallon or whatever size container you purchased. Apply pressure all around it and flip it to the side. We want the roots to grow in their new home. Gently try to loosen. Put it back in your container. Normally the soil is extremely dry, you'll do the same thing. This is how we prepare the root for our gardenias.