by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)
If you have been looking for a plant that has an incredible fragrance, then you have found it in the gardenia. For those blessed with a green thumb, your gardenias will be things of beauty with their white scented blooms.
This plant thrives in tropical climates. So if you live in a tropical climate, gardenias should be plentiful.
In order to choose a nice gardenia, look for a compact plant and one that is full of glossy foliage. The leaves should have a rich, bright green color.
The gardenia needs a lot of light. You should see that the gardenia does not get direct afternoon sun as that is usually the hottest part of the summer.
The gardenia needs an even amount of moisture. They react to the water’s quality and temperature. They like room temperature distilled water the best. When the gardenia isn’t blooming, it should be kept a little drier.
These plants bloom the best when the days are warm and the nights are cool. Gardenias are usually tolerant of different variations in temperatures, particularly if it is humid. In order to perform at their very best, gardenias need a climate that has high humidity.
It is best to use a water-soluble fertilizer on
gardenias every two to three weeks. Several times
during the year, you may use an acid fertilizer.
Once you have smelled the gardenia, you will become hooked! Follow the above tips and you will more than likely be able to grow beautiful gardenias both outside and inside of your home.
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