Gardenias From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bringolf
January 27, 1998
What is the best way to start gardenias from seed and then to nurture them?

Answer from NGA
January 27, 1998
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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