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Gardenia

 

Gardenia

Beautifully scented flowers characterise these lime-hating evergreen shrubs which have very dark green, glossy foliage. They thrive in pots in cool, well lit rooms and conservatories and in greenhouse borders with acid soil. Gardenias usually bloom in summer but with warmth and good light, they can bloom in winter. In perfect conditions, they can be long-lived plants.

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plant Features
  • Gardenia likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Gardenia likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Gardenia is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Gardenia likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Gardenia

Latin name

Gardenia

type

Flowering plant

family

Rubiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Gardenia likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Gardenia is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Gardenia likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Gardenia likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Gardenia is 0.70meters x 1.20meters 0.70 M 1.20 M

Gardenia

Beautifully scented flowers characterise these lime-hating evergreen shrubs which have very dark green, glossy foliage. They thrive in pots in cool, well lit rooms and conservatories and in greenhouse borders with acid soil. Gardenias usually bloom in summer but with warmth and good light, they can bloom in winter. In perfect conditions, they can be long-lived plants.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

When planting, remember that gardenia hate lime! Fill the pots with a lime-free proprietary compost and feed weekly or fortnightly during the growing season. Place in good indirect light in summer and keep the compost slightly moist. Never let gardenias dry out or become waterlogged. Use soft water or coffee grounds, which are quite acid. In winter, ensure plants receive some direct sunlight and let the compost dry out a little before watering.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Start by taking 3 to 4 inch cuttings from the green (still soft, not woody) part of the plant. Strip off any leaves on the bottom half of the cutting. Dip the cutting into rooting hormone, if you so choose. Stick the cutting into a pot filled with lime free potting compost. Make sure the pot has excellent drainage. Provide bottom heat. Roots will take about a month to grow.

 
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