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Garden Grow Tips
Gardenia is known for its sweet scent and is even known as the “Queen of Fragrant Flowers.”If you’re looking for a flower that has fragrance, you’ve come to the right place!
Water and Sun Needs: Gardenia is a shade plant. Water regularly! Dry soil will cause blooms to vanish.
Average Size: Gardenia will grow 8 to 20 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide!
Plant Type: Flowering Perennial
Special Features: Gardenia have a wonderful fragrance that is to-die-for! It’s great for containers, and even as a cut flower throughout your home. It is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar, and Pacific Islands. The plant comes in many varieties and there is sure to be one that suits your needs. Shade tolerant. Creamy white flowers that are solitary or in clusters with dark glossy green leaves. Makes beautiful hedges. If grown indoors, the plant prefers partial shade (Gardenia jasminoides does well inside as long as the humidity is high). Imagine the wonderful fragrance inside your home. Say goodbye to air fresheners. Everyone will be asking you why your home smells so good.
How to Get Started: Get started growing Gardenia by picking a shady area of your garden that has rich soil. Supplement with 2-4 inches of mulch if necessary. Soil should be well-draining, or plant damage may occur. Keep soil consistently moist to mimic that of its native jungle! Fertilize plants thrice yearly with a mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Keep your gardenia plant in one permanent location, as they do not do well if transplanted later in life.
When to Harvest: Gardenia is not edible but gardeners can expect this plant to begin blooming around late March to mid-June.
What to Plant It With: Plant Gardenias with Primrose, Impatiens, Wax Begonia, or Petunias.