Mystery Gardenia (Grafted)
Mystery Gardenia (Grafted)
Gardenia jasminoides 'Mystery' (Grafted onto G. thunbergia)Item #3759 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
This superior grafted selection out-performs others - its rootstock has improved uptake of soil nutrients, improved tolerance of poor soils, and excellent resistance to nematodes. Large, sweetly-scented, pure white flowers and glossy evergreen foliage enhance any landscape or container. Plant near an entry or outdoor seating to best enjoy the fragrance.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deezPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Compact Form, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Spring into SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign Ideas+This most popular, upright Gardenia is an excellent single specimen capable of scenting an entire entry court. But don't be afraid to use it in greater quantity as foundation planting or even in hedges left to their natural shape. Has an open character and large size that allows it to be paired with larger flowering shrubs for a huge show of color and fragrance.Companion PlantsFuchsia (Fuchsia); Azalea (Azalea); Daphne (Daphne); Agapanthus (Agapanthus);Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
- CareCare InformationThrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Handle with care when transplanting; gardenia roots are best undisturbed. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Gardenia is a native of China where it has been cultivated for over a thousand years. Plants reached America directly from Asia in 1761. John Ellis cultivated them first at his South Carolina plantation. These would be the progenitor for all gardenias in England. Ellis named the genus for his friend, Dr. Alexander Garden, a physician of Charleston. Its chief propose for early cultivation was for the cut flower industry as a heavy fragrance corsage. Gardenia varieties are improved when grafted onto Gardenia thunbergii rootstock due to its superior root system and its resistance to Root-knot Nematodes, a key benefit to the southeastern part of the United States. The vigorous rootstock is more efficient at soil nutrient uptake.
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