Caring For A Gardenia Plant

Caring For A Gardenia Plant


As a typical tropical and sub-tropical plant, Gardenia can bring you attractive fragrant white blossoms to your garden. However, caring for these plants can take you some time since they are sometimes tricky to their growing conditions such as soil, water, fertilizer etc. They usually prefer warm weathers and you can grow them outside as ornamental shrubs if your house is located in warm zones. For cold areas, planting them in containers can be a good idea and they should be moved into the house when the weather is getting cold.


Gardenia plants are quite picky for their growing environment, making many beginners give up planting them in their backyard. So, the first thing you need to do is to understand their natural growing habitats. If their preferable conditions are met, you can be totally rewarded by the attractive fragrant white flowers. One of the most important growing conditions for gardenia flowers is the soil. They prefer well-drained soil structure with a slightly acidic character. The ideal PH value is about 5. The temperature for its growth is between 60 to 75 degrees. A certain level of moisture will make it happy and you can use some mulching material to preserve the moisture.

You should avoid spraying water on its leaves since although they like moderate moisture environment. Too much water on leaves will result in the accumulation of fungi. You should leave adequate space between two adjacent plants to enhance the air flowing. Less aeration conditions will increase the risk of fungi infection. You should avoid over-watering your plants at all times. The water accumulated at the bottom of the container should be drained as soon as possible. They prefer full sunlight and you should put them in a place with adequate sunlight during the day.

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Image provided By David Eickhoff from Pearl City, Hawaii, USA (Gardenia brighamii Uploaded by Tim1357) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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