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The Plant Company grows and sells thousands of Gardenia plants throughout NZ. We pride ourselves on producing high quality plants and seeing the joy from our customers when they receive them. Explore our range of plants and the expert advice articles which have been produced by experienced gardeners and nurseryman. These articles cover key questions about Gardenias so you can grow and hedge them successfully.

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Who Produces The Best Gardenia Plants In NZ?

The Plant Company! At our Hawkes Bay nursery we propagate thousands of Gardenias each year across many varieties. We nurture and protect the baby plants until they are ready for their new home, and this is why we have become the number one supplier of Gardenia plants to landscapers across NZ. Strict quality standards mean that only the best plants will ever be dispatched. Each plant is packed with extreme care, ensuring it arrives to you in the same condition it was in at its nursery. Our impressive google rating is testament to how well we perform so you can shop with confidence from the best in the industry.

Do Gardenias Grow In New Zealand?

Gardenias grow well in New Zealand, though they do prefer the warmer regions. In colder climates they can experience frost damage, particularly when they are small. That said, they will cope with moderate frosts the following season after plantings.

Some varieties of Gardenia are better suited to New Zealand growing conditions than others:

Where Are Gardenias Native To?

Gardenias are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar, Pacific Islands, and Australia. There are over 140 species of Gardenia, and they are found in a wide variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, and coastal areas. Some of the most well-known Gardenia species include:

How Do I Plant A Gardenia?

Choose a full sun position with good drainage and moderate shelter for your Gardenia plant. The hole should be dug to at least 50-75% deeper and wider than the container the plant is currently growing in. A planting spade makes the hole digging a lot easier. The Plant Company recommends incorporating compost or sheep pellets into the soil to provide additional organic material, but this is not essential. Do not put fertiliser in the bottom of the hole, rather spread that on the soil surface after planting, and preferably do this when the plant is actively growing in spring.

Remove the plant from the container it is growing in by either pulling it free or by cutting the bag. We recommend cutting the bag or container, especially for larger grade plants, to minimise any chance of damaging the roots. If the roots have been growing in a circle or are all bound up you can tease them apart if you want but this is not essential. Similarly, you don’t need to remove any of the growing media. The Plant Company does not recommend cutting the roots, even if the plant is root-bound as this offers no benefit. This is explained in our article, Managing Rootbound Plants.

Now place the plant in the hole and make sure it is level with the soil surface before filling in around it. If it is above the soil surface, dig more out. If it is below, put in more soil and retest the level. Once the plant is set level with the soil surface, add more soil gradually and firm it around the plant using gentle pressure as you go. Scatter fertiliser for acid loving plants across the soil surface after planting and the give the plant a good watering.

Do Gardenias Grow Quickly?

Gardenias are generally considered to be moderate growers, meaning they won't explode in size overnight. They typically add somewhere between 30-60 cm of growth per year until they reach maturity. However, the exact growth rate will depend on the variety of Gardenia, the climate, and the quality of the soil. They thrive in full sun and with a well-drained soil. Here are some tips for encouraging your Gardenia grow quickly:

With proper care, your Gardenia plant should grow quickly and provide you with years of enjoyment.

Where Do Gardenia Grow Best?

A full sun position with good drainage is essential for getting the best results with Gardenias. On poorly drained sites or with over-watering they tend to become stunted, sickly looking, and may even die. In partial shade conditions they can be become “leggy” and flowering is often reduced. The position should also be moderately sheltered so fresh growth is not damaged by wind, and this will help produce a better shaped plant overall. They are generally regarded as frost tolerant, though alpine environments or areas that experience very heavy frosts should be avoided.

What Gardenia Has The Prettiest Flowers?
Beauty is subjective, but some Gardenia varieties are known for their particularly stunning flowers in New Zealand. Here are a few contenders for the prettiest blooms:

Ultimately, the prettiest flower for you will depend on your personal preferences. Feel free to explore our Gardenia varieties.

Why Are Gardenias So Hard To Grow?

Gardenias are not hard to grow but can be fickle. This is because they are sensitive to soil conditions, light, water, and humidity. They are also susceptible to a few pests and diseases.

Here are some of the reasons why gardenias can be challenging to grow:

Gardenias are sensitive to changes in their environment. For example, if the temperature drops too low, the light changes too drastically, or the watering schedule is disrupted, Gardenias can drop their buds or leaves. Therefore, consistency is key to getting a great result with Gardenias.

What Is The Best Season To Plant A Gardenia?

The best season to plant Gardenias is anytime from autumn through spring. During this time they will establish before the heat of summer arrives. You can still plant in summer, but you’ll need to pay more attention to watering them.

Which Is The Best Gardenia In NZ?

There isn't a single "best" Gardenia variety for New Zealand as it depends on what factors are most important to you. However, some popular and well-performing varieties in New Zealand's climate include:

What Is An Alternative To Gardenia?

There are many beautiful flowering plants that can be a great alternative to Gardenias, depending on what specific features you're looking for. Here are a few options to consider:

These are just a few ideas to get you started. When choosing an alternative to Gardenia, consider the size and shape of the plant, the colour and fragrance of the flowers.

What Is The Common Name For Gardenia?

Gardenia has two common names that are both widely used:

How Long Does Gardenia Live For?

With proper care, a Gardenia can live for a surprisingly long time - up to 50 years! These fragrant flowering shrubs can become a beautiful and long-lasting addition to your garden. However, inadequate sunlight, poor drainage, lack of nutrients, and harsh winters can shorten the lifespan of a Gardenia. Conversely, good care, regular watering, pruning, and feeding, can help extend the life of Gardenia.

What Is The Most Fragrant Gardenia Flower In NZ?

Determining the absolute "most fragrant" gardenia can be subjective, as fragrance preference varies widely. However, some gardenia varieties are renowned for their strong, sweet, and intoxicating aromas, particularly these two:

Ultimately, the best way to find your favourite fragrant [Gardenia} is to take a whiff while they are in flower. You are more than welcome to come to The Plant Company Nursery and smell our plants!

Do Gardenias Flowers Have A Fragrance?

[Gardenias] are well-known for their fragrant flowers. Their sweet and intoxicating scent is a major reason for their popularity. In fact, some call their fragrance "heavenly" or "captivating". There are some things to to keep in mind about Gardenia fragrance:

Reasons Why A Gardenia Doesn’t Flower

There are several reasons why your Gardenia might not be flowering:

Considering each of these potential issues is the best way to determine whether one or more could be affecting the flowering of your plant.

What Flowers Smells Better: Jasmine Or Gardenia?

Deciding whether Jasmine or Gardenia smells better is entirely subjective and depends on individual preferences. Both possess captivating fragrances, but with distinct characteristics:



What Are The Benefits Of Growing Gardenia?

There are several benefits to growing Gardenias, both aesthetic and potentially health related:

Beauty and Fragrance:

Potential Health Benefits:

Other advantages:

What Are The Popular Gardenia Varieties In NZ?

There are several Gardenia varieties grown in NZ. The following are considered the most popular by The Plant Company:

The following articles provide detailed information about these and our other Gardenia varieties are well worth checking out.

Gardenia Professor Pucci Characteristics

Gardenia augusta 'Professor Pucci' is a popular variety owing to both its lush foliage, beauty, and fragrant flower. Some of its key characteristics include:

Gardenia 'Professor Pucci' is a popular choice for gardeners due to its beautiful flowers, long blooming season, and relatively low-maintenance care requirements. It can be grown as a hedge, used as a feature plant in a mixed planting, or grown in a container.

Gardenia Jasminoides 'Veitchii' Information

Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii' is a popular choice due to its reliable flowering, compact size, and suitability for various planting situations. It can be a beautiful specimen plant, thrive in containers, or be used in borders or hedges. Some key information about this Gardenia includes:

Overall, Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii' is a beautiful and fragrant flowering shrub prized for its reliable blooms, compact size, and versatility. With proper care, it can be a long-lasting and beautiful addition to your garden.

Why Is Gardenia Radicans So Popular In NZ?

Gardenia radicans has become popular in New Zealand gardens through a combination of factors:


Low Maintenance:

Aesthetic Appeal:


Gardenia radicans offers a combination of attractive flowers, manageable care requirements, and adaptability to New Zealand's climate and gardening preferences. This makes it a popular and versatile choice for NZ gardeners.

Gardenia jasminoides Characteristics

Gardenia jasminoides, commonly called common gardenia or cape jasmine, is a beautiful and fragrant evergreen shrub native to southern China and Japan. Here are some of its characteristics:


Growing Conditions and Care:

With its beautiful flowers, intoxicating fragrance, and relatively manageable care requirements, Gardenia jasminoides is a popular choice for gardeners around the world.

What Is The Best Fertiliser For Gardenia?

Gardenias are lush plants that require feeding to keep them growing optimally and they do require an acidic fertiliser. The Plant Company’s fertiliser for acid loving plants has been blended to give plants an initial boost and then sustained nutrition for 12-months. We recommend the fertiliser is applied to the soil surface in spring just as the plants start to grow actively. More importantly, we advise that no fertiliser is placed in the hole at planting, but rather spread around the soil surface so it can wash through the roots as it releases. This Plant Company’s fertiliser for acid loving plants ensures that nutrients remain in the soil around the plant rather than being lost through the soil profile to where the plant cannot reach it. This also applies to plants grown on sandy soils. The Plant Company’s fertiliser is therefore very environmentally friendly and longer lasting than most other products in the market.

Foliar feeding using a liquid fertiliser can be undertaken if you have time but this is not essential if acid fertiliser has been applied. If you think the plants need an extra boost or have some yellowing, however, a liquid fertiliser application won’t hurt. A great benefit of foliar feeding is that it helps keep the leaves strong and lush.

What Is The Best Fertiliser For Gardenias Grown In A Pot

Gardenias grown in containers require different fertiliser to those grown outdoors in soil. In this instance the correct fertilisers to use are either the container plant fertiliser or fertiliser tablets. Each of these will provide safe, sustained, and complete nutrition to the plant for the next 12-months. Using other types of fertiliser can be detrimental to the plant and may result in plant injury or death.

Foliar feeding using a liquid fertiliser can be undertaken if you have time but this is not essential if container plant fertiliser or fertiliser tablets have been used. If you think the plant needs an extra boost or has some yellowing, however, a liquid fertiliser application won’t hurt. A great benefit of foliar feeding is that it helps keep the leaves strong and lush as the nutrition is right where the plant needs it.

What Is Causing The Gardenia Leaves To Yellow?

Leaf yellowing, which often occurs during winter with Gardenias is the result of a lack of magnesium in the leaves. The colder weather restricts the uptake of this nutrient through the roots and results in the leaves developing yellow tones. The issue is easily fixed with a liquid feed that contains magnesium. After 2-3 applications the issue should be resolved. A lack of nitrogen will also cause similar symptoms, which again will be corrected with a liquid feed and fertiliser for acid loving plants.

Leaf yellowing can also result from Gardenias being over-watered, poor drainage, or both. They will also develop yellow leaves if they have not been watered for some time, but this is usually coupled with leaves dropping. Other common causes are too much shade, or the plants have not been fed for several years. A liquid fertiliser can be used to correct issues quickly and should be supported with fertiliser for acid loving plants during spring if you think this is the cause.

Pests sucking on the leaves can cause leaves to yellow, but this is often mottled and varied across the plant. Inspect the leaves for scale insect, aphids, thrips, and whitefly mainly, and be sure to check the underside of the leaves. These are all easily controlled with an insecticide.

Where Can I Find Gardenia Plants For Sale In NZ?

The Plant Company offers a comprehensive range of Gardenia varieties. We appreciate that buying online is somewhat of a leap of faith, given you are putting your trust in us. Please rest assured that we only ship plants that we would happily buy and plant ourselves. Trust in The Plant Company to supply your Gardenia needs and allow us to impress you both with our quality and service. Our impressive Google Rating shows we are good at what we do!

Are Gardenia Plants Expensive?

The cost of Gardenia plants can range between $20 and $160 depending on the size grade. A more expensive plant will often be another year (or more) older. The Plant Company recommends buying larger plants as very small plants can take a long time to establish and are at risk of dying.

Gardenia Propagation

Gardenia are easily propagated from stem cuttings. Semi-hardwood cuttings are usually taken from autumn until mid-spring. A stem about 8-10 cm long is trimmed into a cutting using secateurs with 2-3 leaves at the top and just below a node. A nick is taken off the base of the cutting to expose more tissue. The cutting is dipped in rooting hormone for 5-10 seconds and then inserted into propagation growing media. The tray of cuttings is placed under mist with bottom heat also applied. The cuttings will have taken root inside of five weeks as a rule.

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