Growing Gardenia - Knowledgebase Question

greensboro, nc
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Question by jeannevera
June 18, 2006
How do you take care of a gardenia plant? Where should it be planted and what do you feed it?

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2006
The most common gardenia is the G. jasminoides or cape jasmine. It will grow in your zone 8 garden, given the proper care. Gardenias require a rich, very acid soil (pH 4.5 to 5.0). An abundance of moisture and high humidity is the most important factor in successful gardenia culture. Unfortunately, gardenia is often a disappointment to gardeners because it can be very, very demanding. For flower buds to form and thrive, night temperatures need to be between 60-65F. During the day, temperatures should be 70-75F. A very constant, even temperature is required or buds will drop. Bright light is essential, but avoid direct mid-day sun in the summer. Best of luck with your gardenia!

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