Gardenia Kleim's Hardy in middle South? - Knowledgebase Question

Rock Hill, So
Question by daveinclt
May 13, 2010
I bought a Gardenia kleim's hardy because I want my front yard to have this smell. I live in Middle South region 6-8(upstate SC)and online it says this plant is region 10. Only down to 30 degrees. Our Winters can get down to around 15 degrees. Should I plant in a pot and place on the front porch (covered porch but open) and mulch up with pine needles in Winter? Please help...


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Answer from NGA
May 13, 2010

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Your zip code places you in zone 7B, which is the warmest part of the zone. Kleim's Hardy Gardenia is rated hardy in zones 7-10. While it might be chancy during especially cold winters, if you can provide some temporary protection for your gardenia, I think you can grow it in the ground outdoors. Try to find a spot protected from cold winter winds; near a foundation, perhaps. I think it's worth a try! Plant yours now so it can spend the summer establishing its root system in its new home and it should be ready to face the winter weather. Have a frost protection blanket at hand so you can cover your plant if really cold temperatures threaten. Best wishes with your new plant!

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