Everblooming Gardenias For Sale
Gardenia veitchii (also known as Mexican Bluebell) is one of the most popular indoor plants. It’s popularity stems from its unique color and shape. It grows well indoors and outdoors, but it does best when grown in a warm climate with plenty of sunlight.
Its name comes from the fact that it blooms in springtime or bluebells because they are so pretty!
The Everblooming Gardenia is a hybrid between two species of the genus Orchidaceae. They include the common gardenia and the evergreen gardenia. The flowers are produced in clusters called “veitchi” which grow on long stalks up to 10 feet tall.
Each flower contains several petals and each one is different colored. The leaves are green at first, turn yellowish brown, then become dark purple before turning white again. The fruit is a small blue-purple pod containing seeds. These seeds germinate quickly and produce new plants within a few weeks.
How To Plant An Everblooming Gardenia Tree?
Planting an everblooming gardenia tree requires patience and dedication. You will need to wait until the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18°C). If you live in a cold climate, your tree may not survive winter temperatures below 50 degrees F (10°C). Place your tree in a sunny area and water the soil. Keep an eye on it for the first few days. The top half of the soil should dry out before watering again. Your tree can withstand drought, but you should keep it well hydrated when you first plant it.
Wait until spring to fertilize the tree. Use slow-release pellets or water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions provided with the product you purchase.
You can prune the tree during the first spring or summer after planting. Cut any damaged or diseased branches at the base of the plant. You can also remove branches that are growing inward towards the center of the tree. Cut the branches back to a outward-facing bud and cut at an angle.
Gardenias are grown for their flowers rather than their leaves. If you want your tree to produce flowers, keep the leaves pruned to 6 inches long by removing any smaller ones that develop. You can also remove every other leaf.
How To Care For An Everblooming Gardenia?
Gardenias are not difficult plants to maintain, but they do have a few tricks that will make them last longer.
-Watering: Water your gardenia once the soil has dried out. Do not water the foliage. Water at the base of the plant so that the foliage remains dry.
-Sunlight: Your gardenia needs a lot of sunlight to produce flowers. It can tolerate shade, but will not flower without it. If you live in a shady area, you can plant your gardenia in a sunny location or move it to a sunnier spot.
-Fertilizer: You should fertilize your gardenia once per month from spring to fall. Use a slow-release fertilizer or a water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the directions provided with the product you choose.
If your gardenia is not flowering, you should fertilize it more frequently.
-Pruning: Your gardenia should be pruned once per year in late winter or early spring. Cut any dead or diseased branches at the base of the plant. You can also cut back any branches that are growing inward or are pointing upward.
Cut them back to a outward-facing bud. Cut at an angle so that the buds have a greater chance of growing shoots.
-Propagation: You can propagate your gardenia by rooting 5mm stem cuttings in spring or summer. Fold a piece of newspaper to form a cup and make a small hole in the center. Dip the bottom half of the cutting (without the leaves) in Rootone or Dip’n Grow and insert it into the hole in the newspaper.
Fill in the hole with soil and place the newspaper cup under a fluorescent light. The top half of the cutting (with the leaves) should be placed outside of the paper cup so that it receives light. Check once per day so that the soil doesn’t dry out. Once the cutting has rooted (after four to six weeks), remove it from the newspaper and place it in a 3-inch pot filled with potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and place it under the fluorescent light until it grows roots, then move it to a sunny window.
Gardenias are not poisonous to pets, but the flowers and leaves can cause a skin rash if your pet ingests them. Symptoms include mouth and stomach pain, drooling, excessive thirst, and diarrhea.
Mind Your Manners With Gardenias
If you’re lucky enough to receive this plant as a gift, here’s how to take care of it:
-Temperature: The ideal temperature range is 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Light: It prefers bright to partial shade, which can be achieved with florescent lights 14 to 16 hours per day. The leaves will turn brown if not receiving enough light.
-Water: Water the plant when the soil dries. Empty the drip cup and don’t let it overflow.
-Fertilizer: Feed with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks.
-Pruning: Dead flowers will need to be pruned away. Cut back stems at an angle to promote more growth.
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Gardenias make a wonderful gift for friends or loved ones. They come in special pot with a bow and care instructions.
Who doesn’t love a pretty flower?
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These plants are toxic if ingested. Keep away from pets and children. Be mindful when placing in an area where these little hands might touch.
On the Horizon
Goldmund Gilothouse has been working on a new plant that can grow in the dark. The petals are pitch black and it grows sideways instead of up. He calls it the Black Rose, but it hasn’t taken off yet.
Brea has created a line of gardenias that come in different colors. They are bred to bloom year round and don’t need as much light. She’s very excited about this new line.
Sources & references used in this article:
Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet by J Barrett – 2013 – Texas A&M University Press
Gardening for Love: The Market Bulletins by M McDowell – 2019 – books.google.com
Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949 by G Grant, WC Welch – 2017 – Texas A&M University Press