How to Transplant a Gardenia Bush


Growing a healthy gardenia bush is simple. By providing the correct amount of sun and shade as well as fertilizer, a gardenia bush will thrive and produce beautiful fragrant flowers. While purchasing a gardenia as a potted plant is nice, eventually the gardenia bush will need to be transplanted. When selecting a spot to plant your gardenia, remember that they thrive in areas where they receive morning sun and afternoon shade. However, gardenias will still grow nicely in areas with morning shade and afternoon sun.

Step 1

Dig a hole at least as deep and as wide as the pot that currently holds the gardenia bush, Place the gardenia in the hole while it's still in the pot to make sure that the hole is big enough. It shouldn't be a tight fit. When your satisfied with the size of the hole, remove the potted plant.

Step 2

Prepare the Miracle Grow Acid Loving Plant fertilizer as per package directions. Pour the specified amount of fertilizer into the hole. Place one shovel full of dirt into the hole on top of the fertilizer.

Step 3

Gently tap on the sides of the pot that holds the gardenia. Grasp the gardenia at the base and remove it from the container. If the gardenia bush does not come out of the pot easily, tap on the sides of the pot again, and maybe even on the bottom.

Step 4

Place gardenia carefully into the hole. While holding the plant upright, push dirt back into the hole. Gently press dirt down around the sides of the plant. However, don't press too hard; the roots of the gardenia bush are tender and could be damaged.

Step 5

Build a small well around the gardenia bush using the excess dirt from the hole. Make the walls of the well high enough so that the water and fertilizer will remain around the gardenia bush long enough to soak deeply into the ground. Water the gardenia bush after the well has been created.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not water the gardenia in the middle of a hot day as this can burn the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardenia plant, potted
  • Shovel
  • Miracle Grow Acid Loving Plant Food
  • Water


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Growing Gardenias in Florida
  • University of Hawaii: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Keywords: Gardenia, Transplanting gardenias, Gardenia bush

About this Author

Katherine Bostick has been writing since 1993. She is a freelance writer and has written articles for both the 'Spectator' and the 'Crossties' newspapers. Bostick writes articles on educational topics, personal essays, health topics, current events, and more. Bostick performs copy editing and book review services as well as produces her own local newspaper in South Florida.