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Gardenia 'Florida' is a low growing shrub with richly perfumed, semi double white flowers in late spring to early summer. The foliage is glossy green and attractive. They are a favourite for the fragrant garden. They can be mass planted, grown as a low hedge, as a specimen plant, and also do well in containers.
Gardenias do best in a mild, humid climate, but adapt reasonably well to a wider range if given a warm spot. They like a moist, well drained soil. In cooler climates, they can be grown in full sun, but from temperate to sub-tropical climates a semi shaded postion will suit them better. Mulching will protect the surface roots from drying out, as well as helping to control weed growth. Yellowing of the leaves can be due to magnesium deficiency, which can be corrected by adding half a handful of epsom salts to a bucket of water, which is then watered onto the plant.
Propagation is from soft tip or semi hardwood cuttings.
Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
The perfume of gardenias is rich and heady
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 4.5-6.0
Scale, thrips, spider mites, mealy bugs
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.