Gardenia, fragrant stars
Gardenia is a thermophilic, moisture-loving, flowering plant up to 1 meter high. This plant pleases with its shiny, as if varnished leaves, and large white with a cream tint flowers, the buds of which in their shape resemble twisted candles. The gardenia flowering period lasts a long time - from July to October. In addition, its flowers exude a pleasant aroma. Especially popular among gardeners are gardenia varieties with double flowers.
However, gardenia is a rather capricious plant, it does not relate to sharp temperature changes, drafts and can adapt for a long time to a new place. Gardenia responds well to pruning, with which the plant can be given the desired shape. Pruning is usually done in early spring before replanting or after the plant has flowered. Gardenia of some honeycombs extends up to a meter in height. From such plants, you can try to make small standard trees. To do this, a support is placed next to the stem (for example, a bamboo lattice) and gradually all side shoots are cut off. When the main stem reaches the desired length, the apical bud is nipped off, and with the help of the side shoots a spherical crown is formed in the plant.
Temperature: The temperature in summer can be between 22-25 degrees. In winter - preferably 14-17 degrees.
Lighting: Gardenia is perfect for a brightly lit place, but the light should be diffused. Do not put the pot with the plant in a place where it will constantly be in direct sunlight.
Watering: During active growth, in spring and summer, gardenia requires a lot of moisture, however, you need to make sure that moisture does not stagnate in the soil. In winter, watering is reduced.
© Little Chanterelle with a Goose
Humidity: Gardenia leaves require frequent spraying, but with this procedure you must ensure that large drops of water do not get on the flowers of the plant.
The soil: For gardenia, a mixture of equal parts of coniferous land, turf, peat and sand is suitable. Twice a month, you need to add lemon juice to the water for irrigation - a few drops per 1 liter.
Top dressing: Gardenia responds well to regular top dressing with complex fertilizers added to irrigation water, exactly in accordance with the instructions. Spend feeding in spring and summer.
Transfer: Gardenia is a rather capricious plant, capable of dropping all the buds even from a simple turn of the pot on the windowsill, so the plant is transplanted only if it has grown greatly and the pot has become small for him.
Breeding: Gardenia propagated by rooting of cuttings. The easiest way to get green or lignified cuttings during pruning. They are rooted in greenhouses at high humidity and at a temperature of 22-25 degrees. Rooting cuttings is best in spring.
Bloom: Gardenia blooms in summer and blooms until late autumn.