Gardenia, Ananta - Plant
Description for Gardenia, Ananta
They are evergreen shrubs and small trees. The leaves are opposite or in whorls of three or four, broad, dark green and glossy with a leathery texture. The flowers are solitary or in small clusters, white, or pale yellow, with a tubular-based corolla with 5-12 lobes. Place in light to moderate shade, preferably with minimum competition from tree roots. Gardenias resent root disturbance. Use fertilizer for acid-loving plants, and use iron compounds.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|cape jasmine, Gandhraj||White||Mid-spring to mid-summer||2 to 5 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands. The soil, which should be loose and organic, should be kept moist, but take care not to overwater. Monitor the soil frequently for moisture, and water thoroughly as the top inch of soil dries. The gardenia plant should also receive cooler nighttime temperatures and warmer daytime temperatures.
|Part shade||Loam or sandy well-drained soil||Medium||Up to 60 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Gardenia
- As for outdoor gardenia care, you should keep in mind that when the gardenia plant is grown outdoors, it generally prefers to be kept in partial shade.
- Gardenias also prefer moist, but well-drained acidic soil with plenty of organic matter.
Typical uses of Gardenia
Special features: In the St. Louis region, gardenias are grown as pot or larger container plants.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: NA