TemperatureIdeally likes 60-80 degrees. Tolerates 33 - 95 degree F.
LightBright light, but not full sun. Light shade. Indoors high light is important for flower development.
WaterOnly when the top of the soil feels dry. Add water until it runs through the pot and then drain well. Overly wet or overly dry may cause bud-drop.
FertilizerFeed during growing cycle with high nitrogen formulation. In fall, stop feeding. No fertilizer during blooming cycle.
SoilWell-draining soil. Peat moss, fir bark, sand: 4,1,1 ratio
USDA Zone(s)Zones 9 & 10. Click here for a zone map.
AvailabilityYear round
Care Information
Gardenias can be repotted into larger containers or planted in the ground in the spring or fall time. If planted outside, dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.