How to Take Cuttings From Everblooming Gardenias

Overview

There are few flowers lovelier than the gardenia. Its scent is unrivaled and its beautiful white blossoms add a classic touch to gardens as well as corsages. The everblooming gardenia is one of the oldest varieties. It blooms reliably and its small size makes it well suited for indoor as well as outdoor growth. When you inevitably decide to add more bushes to your collection, the everblooming gardenia is easy to propagate: simply take a cutting, place it in a rooting medium and let nature handle the rest.

Step 1

Choose a firm, healthy shoot from this year's growth. Hard, woody shoots are too old and soft and tender ones are too young.

Step 2

Take a 3-inch cutting from the tip of the shoot. Use a sharp, clean pair of pruning shears to make the cut directly below one of the stem's nodes or joints.

Step 3

Dip the cut end of the cutting into rooting hormone. If it is in powder form, shake the excess powder off.

Step 4

Plant the cutting 1 inch deep in a small pot filled with a commercial rooting mixture.

Step 5

Water the potted cutting so that the soil is moist but not soaking wet. Continue to keep the soil moist until the cutting has rooted.

Step 6

Store the cuttings at room temperature with access to full sunlight.

Step 7

Test the cutting in six to eight weeks to see if it has put down roots. If it produces new growth from its tip or resists being gently pulled out of its growing medium it has put down roots. Once this happens, transplant it outdoors at the same level that it was rooted in the pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Pot
  • Rooting media
  • Everblooming gardenia

References

  • Brian's Garden: When to Take Cuttings from Gardenia
  • Sunset Plant Finder: Everblooming Gardenia
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