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When Are Gardenias in Season?

By Johna Simon
Gardenias are a fragrant addition to your garden.
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Gardenias are delicate, tropical flowers that are associated with romance and secret love, according to The Flower Expert website. They were named for Alexander Garden, a South Carolina physician.


Outside gardenias grow best in leaf litter.
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Gardenias originated in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania. Gardenias prefer humidity, warm to hot days (preferably with some afternoon shade), and cool nights. They are a popular shrub in South Carolina, where weather conditions are ideal.

Ease of care

Gardenias prefer wet and warm climates.
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Gardenias require a lot of care and usually thrive only when they grown are in ideal conditions.

Blooming season

Gardenias bloom from May through July in all climates where they are grown, whether inside or out. In their ideal climate, the volume of blooms will increase. In addition, the flowers will be more robust and they may bloom again in the fall.

Nonblooming foliage

The leaves of the gardenia plant will stay green and glossy year-round, provided the plant is healthy.

Indoor blooms

Encourage indoor blooming of gardenias with the use of grow lights and by maintaining a consistent inside temperature of 65 degrees. In addition, you can help create an artificial tropical environment by using misters.


About the Author


Johna Simon has a bachelor's degree in organizational psychology. She has been a human resources professional for more than 15 years, specializing in employee relations, resume preparation and interview training. After several years of writing materials related to her profession, she began writing professionally.