Evergreen Shade / Part Shade Ht. 4-6 Spread 3-5Ht. 4-6 Spread 3-5 Spacing 3
HABIT: Glossy foliage, large white flowers in early summer. Native to China.
CULTURE: Needs highly organic soil with good drainage. Even moisture is important. Milorganite or manure in winter is a good idea. Chelated iron and soil acidifiers are often needed.
USES: Screen, specimen, accent, flower fragrance, container plant.
PROBLEMS: Aphids, scale, white flies, chlorosis.
NOTES: A good dwarf variety exists but has the same problems as the full size plant.
Gardenias are not always easy to grow but best results come from a comprehensive program of planting them in rich beds, fertilizing with organic fertilizers, and adding a tablespoon of vinegar per gallon of irrigation water. Bed prep for gardenias is: 4 compost, 1 wheat bran/cornmeal/molasses mix, ½ lava sand, Ό