Gardenias are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania. This species can be difficult to grow elsewhere because it demands high humidity to thrive and bright (not direct) light. Some types of gardenia are also called houseplant. Each gardenia flower is followed by 6-sided berries of rich orange-red with long, elegant stems. Gardenias are grown for their beautiful foliage and they make great cut flowers.
Do not over-water gardenias. Fertilize with an acid fertilizer. Check for aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, and scales. Also check gardenia plants for bud drop, a common ailment.
Height: 2 to 8 feet
Sunlight: indirect but bright sunlight
Water: Keep the soil moist, but don't allow it to become soggy and waterlogged.
Fertilizer: Fertilize the gardenias in late winter or early spring when new growth begins.
Gardenias can be
used as screens, hedges, borders or ground covers.
Many of the
gardenia species are strongly scented.
Gardenia is also
used to reduce swelling and to improve the immune system
applied to the skin for wound healing, bleeding.
is also used as food.