gardenia - Knowledgebase Question

Olathe, KS
Question by kathywalter7
September 4, 2005
My daughter is getting married in CA next June and wants gardenias for her main flower. We live in KS and I was wondering if it would be practical or possible to grow houseplants for flowers to use on tables etc - not bouquets?


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Answer from NGA
September 4, 2005

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In my experience gardenias are extremely difficult to grow as houseplants and then the shipping process can cause the buds to drop -- they are very sensitive to any change in environment such as temperature, lighting, drafts, and so on. So apart from the difficulty of raising them, those who take them home are likely to lose the plants pretty fast. If you are set on gardenias, I would suggest you work with your local sources in CA to have them professionally grown for you. Alternatively you might try another easier-to-grow plant such as miniature roses -- these are more reliable and offer a great selection of colors, etc. They too however will look better if grown in CA, brought into bloom at the right time, and delivered promptly to the wedding. Best of luck with the wedding!

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