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How to Propagate Gardenias From Cuttings

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Gardenias are flowering shrubs that grow easily in warm regions. Many gardeners enjoy adding gardenias to a landscape because not only do they have beautiful blossoms, but they also add a delightful scent to any growing area. Gardenias are also easy to propagate from cuttings. After the cuttings take root, the gardener can then transplant the new gardenia plants to an outside growing area.

Take cuttings from the tips of a gardenia shrub in the spring. Make the cuttings approximately 5 inches long and ensure there are at least two sets of leaves on the tip of the cutting. If there are leaves on the other end of the cutting, remove them.

Fill the container with a mixture of half sand and half peat moss. Insert the gardenia cutting several inches into the soil mixture with the cut side down.

Hold the container over the sink and water the cutting until water flows out the drainage hole in the bottom of the container. Place the container on the saucer when the water stops draining.

Place the plastic bag over the container and attach it securely by placing the rubber band around the top of the container over the plastic bag. Make two or three small slits in the bag with the scissors to prevent the cutting from decaying under the plastic. Place the container in a location that receives indirect light and is approximately 75 degrees.

Keep the cutting watered daily and wait for the cutting to root within four to six weeks. Once the cutting is growing well and you see abundant new growth, remove the plastic and watch to make sure the cutting continues to thrive.

When the new gardenia plant grows well without the plastic over the container and the outside temperature is at least 75 degrees, move the new gardenia plant to a sunny outside location.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardenia shrub
  • Gardening shears
  • Container with drainage hole (4-inch diameter)
  • Saucer for container
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.