Gardenia plants are known for their amazing blooms, stunning scent and temperamental attitudes. Keep this lady happy by locating her far from a super bright, or hot location, but while still giving her lots of light. Our suggestion: like you, about 3-4 feet from your fav window will be her happy spot. For watering, keep her moist and well-drained, but not too much water that she has wet feet (that's plant people code for sitting in water!). We suggest a little bit - about 1/4 cup every couple of days - to keep her moist and happy! To make your life super easy, we also put pebbles at the bottom of her pot, for enhanced drainage. This should keep her budding for weeks to come, but always be weary of overwatering!
Buds - everyone loves them! We all need more of them! Especially in the case of the gardenia plant, buds are the best! We have done our very best to send you this babe of a plant in full bud form, so you can enjoy her stunning blooms all for yourself! We know that once a plant starts blooming, more blooms are on their way, and we want to make sure you get as much show out of this little lady as possible!
As her blooms open and share their amazing scent, enjoy them and limit finger touches! A true diva, requiring white glove service and all, the oil from our hands can brown the flowers, especially when cut. As the blooms start to age you will see them turn into an off-white huge before browning on the edges. When this happens, snip the bloom from the plant. We know it seems counterintuitive to cut the flower, but creating a stunning flower like this takes a lot of energy, so when you remove the expiring blooms, it allows the plant to re-route all that energy into a fresh bud. Within days you should see one of your other buds ready to burst!
After her bloom cycle is complete, which in most cases is 2 weeks, keep her happy indoors until summer with the same care as above. If you live in a colder climate, make sure she is in a comfortable spot where she can't get too cold. Once winter is over, maintain care so she can bloom again! Stepping up in to a bigger pot with fresh soil is a great idea for (almost) all your plant pals every year!