15 Gallon
Gardenia
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Gardenia

Latin Name:

Gardenia taitensis

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Upright species with rather open habit. Flowers have a long tube with six or more petals flaring flat at the top.

Origin:

China

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

FH

Fragrant:

Yes

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

Use a GOOD rich potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well), such as an African violet mix. If you want to mix your own take: 2 parts garden soil, 2 parts humus (leaf mold), 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part rinsed aquarium charcoal chips and a little fine grade fir bark. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist at all times. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks with a water soluble, lime free fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to aphids, scale, spider mites and thrips. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Tip cuttings with bottom heat in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and prune in the early spring. Try to maintain temperature and water supply to prevent bud drop. Avoid exposing this plant to the midday sun in the summer and pinch back after flowering.

Is Genus:

No


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