All You Need to Know About Growing a Gardenia Tree
A great alternative to growing floral gardenias is the gardenia tree. Although these trees can be housed either indoors or out, it is essential to understand proper care and maintenance in order to keep them alive. Throughout this article we will examine, in detail, all you need to know about growing your own gardenia tree successfully.
As with most trees, this particular type requires that you continue to watch its growth in order to make sure it is growing properly. Therefore, it is important to not only look into the maintenance, but proper planting as well.
First, we will examine planting methods and soil types. When planting this tree it can be placed into the ground or it can be planted within pots. Obviously, planting within a pot is the option for anyone wishing to house the tree indoors or on a patio. In terms of soil, their preference is acidic as opposed to alkaline. By having this tree planted in a pot, maintaining the proper acidic nature is a lot easier than when planted directly into the ground. For these potted plants, you will add fertilizer designated for plants preferring high levels of acid. Without a proper pH level, it is almost certain that this plant will not grow correctly.
Either way, when planting make sure the hole is twice as large as the root ball. Make sure the very top of the root system lies directly above the top of the soil. Using organic soil is highly recommended with fertilization (acid-specific) monthly during the summer months especially. Ensure proper draining to prevent the tree from getting diseases.
These plants, when planted outdoors, prefer semi-shade. Furthermore, they do very well in areas that are high in humidity. Although its origination is from China and Japan, with proper care the tree is definitely adaptable to several areas within the United States. Either way, the owner must keep a close eye and pay attention to the plant’s reaction to the surrounding conditions. Note the development patterns as a result of the sunlight exposure, watering, and even weather. Altering these areas as needed should help to keep the plant growing successfully.
In terms of watering, it is essential to make sure it is watered thoroughly, but not too often. For potted plants, if the two inches into the potted plant appears dry, it is time to water it. Make sure the pot is great with draining to prevent over watering. Having small rocks placed within the bottom of the pot before adding the soil can help allow for better drainage.
Be aware that care may not be as easy as it seems. The gardenia tree is not exactly easy to manage; therefore, gardening experience is a huge plus. These trees are likely to get a variety of diseases as well as pests. However, the beautiful tree and overwhelming sweet scent may make all the trouble keeping this tree alive well worth the battle.
When determining whether to plant the tree indoors or outdoors, take into consideration the weather of where you live. Obviously an indoor plant is easier to maintain and allows you to have better control. Those planted outside do best in temperatures around the mid 70s. Planting outside requires you to pick a location that does not get full sun, while also keeping it away from taller trees. These trees can leak water onto the gardenia making it susceptible to black moisture spots on the leaves. These trees need full sunlight when planted indoors, as opposed to the shade needs of the outdoor plants.
In conclusion, although the gardenia tree is very hard to maintain and is recommended for those with a green thumb, there are great benefits to successfully maintaining this great tree, including the magnificent aroma. Be sure to keep the tree watered properly, in the correct temperature, and obtaining the right amount of sun in order to help prevent the development of diseases as well as likelihood of developmental issues or even dying.