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?


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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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