Gardenia - Radicans Dwarf GardeniaScientific Name: Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'
Best Planted In Zone: 6-10
Radicans Gardenia is a miniature version of a gardenia with all its fragrance and loveliness. A dwarf variety suitable for bonsai. The horizontal growth makes for excellent ground cover or for cascading over walls or out of large containers. Once established, this hardy plant is drought tolerant. At maturity its height is approximately 1 to 2 feet with a spread of 3 to 5 feet. When planting, you need to space them 2 to 3 feet apart. Radicans bloom in the spring and produce a petite, 1 inch diameter white flower just as fragrant as larger gardenias. USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10.
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Dig the hole for your Gardenia wide enough to allow about 12 inches of clearance all the way around the plants container. Dig the hole deep enough to allow the plant to rest in the hole with its soil mark slightly higher than ground level. Carefully remove your plant from its container and place it gently in the hole. Fill in the hole with soil and moisten each layer of soil with water. You might want to use the handle end of your shovel to help tamp the soil and remove all air spaces. Mound the earth so that when the soil settles it will return to ground level. You may also want to make a ridge of soil around the rim of the hole. This will help keep water around your gardenia when it is watered. Mulching helps keep the moisture around the root system of your gardenia and protects the roots from extreme hot and cold temperatures. A 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch is ideal. There are a variety of mulches you can use, such as wood chips, leaf litter, pine straw, peat moss, or shredded bark.
Well-drained, acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5 is ideal for gardenias, whether potted or in the ground. They prefer full sun. Follow a regular water schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Prune in the summer after flowering.