The Q&A Archives: Gardenias From Seed

Question: What is the best way to start gardenias from seed and then to nurture them?

Answer: The fruit of the gardenia flower is actually a berry, that doesn't germinate very well. Gardenia's are usually propagated from cuttings. If you want a greenhouse full of gardenia plants, take stem cuttings from a healthy plant, dip them in rooting hormone, and place them in regular potting soil. The cuttings should root within a few months (new green growth is a good indication that they've rooted). Since the plants are tropical in nature and picky about humidity and warmth, plan to spend some extra time providing for their needs.

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