How to grow Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides

Water plants with rain or distilled water to help reduce lime build-up. Needs acid soil. Fertilize with acid fertilizer.

Needs short photo period in order to set buds. If in pot allow only 8 hours of light a day for 4 weeks then resume normal lighting (ideally 16 hours a day). Temperature does not affect bud set.2

How long does Gardenia take to grow?

These estimates for how long Gardenia takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Gardenia?
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Days to Maturity How long until Gardenia is ready for harvest / bloom?
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Average 587 days | Min 585 days | Max 590 days (2)

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Gardenia Etymology

The name cape jasmine was due to the belief that these plants came from the cape of Africa.5

In India the name comes from two words gandha which means smell, and raj which means king.

Other names for Gardenia

Common gardenia, Cape jasmine, Cape jessamine, Kuchinashi, Gahdharaj

Gardenia radicans, Gardenia angusta, Gardenia augusta, Gardenia grandiflora, Gardenia florida, Gardenia grandiflora

Misspellings: gaurdina, gardina, Gardenia jasminiodes,


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