It is 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.
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.
Sunlight: Part shade
Soil: Loam or sandy well-drained soil
Temperature: Up to20 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer