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Growing Gardenias, Caring for Gardenias, Gardenia Diseases

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Beloved for their intoxicating fragrance and attractive, waxy, creamy-white flowers contrasting beautifully with their shiny, leathery, dark green leaves, Gardenias are irresistible evergreen shrubs or trees. Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia, and Oceania, Gardenias may be fussy and quite temperamental in their cultural needs.

If your Gardenia does not bloom, this may be caused by any of these reasons:

  • Improper pruning: Prune your Gardenia plant when it is dormant to promote branching and compact growth. This should occur after flowering in summer but before the plant has time to set new buds. If you prune your Gardenia too late, you will remove buds while developing for the next season. Be careful – Some Gardenia varieties bloom twice in a season. Check what type of Gardenia you have before starting your pruning exercise.
  • Bud drop: If your Gardenia’s flower buds fall off just before they open, this may be caused by pest infestation (aphids, nematodes), excessive fertilization, over-watering, under-watering, poor soil drainage, insufficient light, unusually cool weather, rapid drops in temperature or very hot, dry weather.
  • Hot and dry weather, unusually cool weather, quickly fluctuating temperatures: Gardenias perform best in day temperatures of 65-70°F (18-21°C) and night temperatures of 60-65°F (15-18°C). Flower buds will fail to form if the ideal temperature for Gardenias is not respected!
  • Nutrient deficiencies: Gardenias like soil that is rich in nutrients. Add plenty of organic matter to the soil, such as peat moss or manure, to enhance the growth of your plant. Fertilize Gardenias every 2-4 weeks during their growing season (March to October) with a dilute fertilizer for acid-loving plants. Do not fertilize from November to February.
  • Poor soil drainage: Make sure your Gardenia soil is moist and well-drained.
  • Inadequate Ph: Gardenias prefer acidic soils with a pH between 5.0 and 6.0.
  • Pests and microbial threats: Aphids, scales, and spider mites can attack gardenias. Check your plant for pests underneath the leaves and on the stems. Spraying your gardenia with an antifungal agent (such as horticultural oil with baking soda and insecticidal soap) can reduce the risk of infection or infestation.

To grow your Gardenia with success, make sure you follow these guidelines.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Genus Gardenia
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Genus Gardenia
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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