How to Care for a Gardenia Plant

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Gardenias are beautiful flowers with a strong, pleasant fragrance. Gardenia plants do best growing in full, bright sunshine and high humidity. Gardeners find gardenias to be a difficult flower to grow, yet others have succeeded with no problem by following a few specific requirements. Keeping gardenia plants in a cool location, with temperatures no higher than 55 degrees F during the night and 65 degrees F during the day, is the best match for the gardenia's native environment.

Step 1

Place your gardenia plants in a south facing window where the sun shines brightest.

Step 2

Place the gardenia plants on moist pebbles and run a humidifier nearby; this will increase humidity, especially in the winter months.

Step 3

Water your gardenia plants whenever the top inch of soil dries.

Step 4

Add a fertilizer made for plants that thrive in acidic conditions, such as azaleas. Check the labels on the fertilizer containers to find the right one. Fertilize between April and November.

Step 5

Remove and destroy all diseased leaves to prevent spreading infection. Sterilize any knives or snips used for cutting with bleach. Use a fungicide on the plant if it gets infected. Follow the instructions on the label.

Tips and Warnings

  • Spraying your gardenias with a water bottle does not produce the humidity gardenia plants need. Excess water sitting on the leaves can cause fungus. The soil does not need to be constantly wet; this deprives the plant from air.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Garden shovel
  • Garden snips
  • Fertilizer


  • Gardenia care

Who Can Help

  • Gardenia: A Gardener's Challenge
Keywords: gardenias, care of gardenias, gardenia plants

About this Author

Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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