This was the first zone 7 gardenia and I've had mine 6 years and its huge and bushy and no yellowing. The secret is coffee grounds 3 times during the growing season. Grounds also act as a natural mulch that is perfect for it.
In the past 4 years I have bought 10 of these Frost Proof Gardenias. They all did great until the winter of 2014. We had very consistently, abnormally low temperatures. All leaves turned yellow then brown, and fell off. In April it looked like they all were dead. I left them alone and by mid May I started seeing green new growth mostly at the base of the plant.. I called Fast Growing Trees and was told the new growth was encouraging, and to cut them back. I did not get flowers this year but the gardenias are thriving. I am sure I will see Flowers again next year. I will be buying more.
I live in zone 8 in Texas and planted this Gardenia last fall. It stayed green all winter and this spring begain producing many flowers. It is still looking very heallthy and look forward to the spring of 2013 to see how it blooms.
This gardenia bloomed upon arrival. It's beautiful and smells yummy. I have been very satisfied with all my purchases from fast growing trees. I used to use another online nursery until I found this site. The plants are twice as big and much healthier when delivered.
I live in Maryland. I have bought ten Frost Proof Gardenias in the last 4 or five years. They had done well until the winter of 2014. It was unusually cold for an extended period. The beginning of spring all leaves were brown. They fell off after a couple of weeks and they left bare branches looking like dead shrubs. Two weeks later I noticed new growth low in the middle of most. I called Fast Growing trees for suggestions. I was told to cut them back. They rebounded like nothing had happened. Although they did not flower this summer, I am looking forward to the many flowers with their fragrance they have had in the past, next summer.
This Gardenia stands. Love it and proud of it. every thing it is claimed to be. can hardly wait to get the wonderful smell this summer in our garden. I have removed all the grass in my back yard, and put in a flagstone walkway, and have made it into a flower filled garden,Bird Feeders and housing are mixed along the way, and after a year of planting and tending, as spring is about ready, birds are looking for a home and each afternoon, doves come to feed, and we can hardly wait to see it as we know it will become. You will be getting more orders I am sure.
I love the smell of Gardenias but never thought about having a plant. I'm so glad FGT.com sells them! I only ordered 1 plant as I've never grown one before and am curious as to how big it will get.
My Gardenia arrived well packaged. I re-potted the same day I got it. , and it seems to be doing very well. The plant itself had 5 buds on it, which really surprised me! Once I re-potted it, the blooms opened only a little bit and then fell off. I'm assuming it's because of shipping, re-potting and the heat that caused the flowers to drop. Anyway, the flowers smelled SO amazing!! Even without the flowers, this is a beautiful dense plant, and it looks really nice in the huge pot I got for it. Due to the extreme high heat here in Central Texas I am watering all of my plants/trees at least twice, sometimes 3 times a day. My plants/trees are sitting on my patio which is concrete, so the heat from the sun makes the concrete hot...otherwise I wouldn't water them that much. They are all dong great and I hope they continue to do so well!
4 of the healthiest plants I have seen arrived quickly and perfectly packed. Some had blooms upon arrival and the others added blooms very shortly. I am in a desert area and they have been in the ground for a few weeks already and still look healthy. We still have some months till winter temps and they are looking like they will be very well established by then.
Received this plant in June 2013, I live in zone 7. Planted it in part sun/part shade location & had to ammend the soil with commercial garden soil & leaf mold bec the present soil is clayish. Didn't think it will survive bec I started seeing yellow leaves for few days after planting but now it's looking lush & growing & I'm even seeing what looks like a bud & I'm not even expecting it yet. Very happy! Hope it will survive the winter
WOW! plants arrived in great shape, I planted both of them in pots about 4 months ago, and they were both just LOADED with flowers. I put them beside our front porch and everyone that comes to the door comments how sweet and amazing they smell. I was so satisfied that I ordered 2 more and they arrived with many flowering blossoms right out of the box. I highly recommend this site for anykind of plant/tree that you desire--they have surpassed by expectations.
I ordered two gardenias and they are doing fine. Its a slow growing plant and will see how it does in its first year. It hasn't bloom yet. Most times the leaves will be yellow. I am doing all I can to enjoy this plant. Not the best from Fast growing trees.
I recently received my order of 8 frost proof gardenias and am really pleased. They all arrived in secure packaging and the color of the plants and leaf size clearly showed they were really healthy - not to mention the nice root balls. I am also very happy with the customer service of this company, as I had a few questions before making my purchase and they were very helpful. I would definitely buy from them again
I first bought one of the 2 gallon size and a week later purchased two additional ones. All arrived in excellent condition and after two or three weeks are doing fine. Only one of last ones has had a bloom, but all seem to be healthy and growing despite our very hot and humid weather ( in the upper 90's every day). This stock was great and as advertised. Very pleased with my purchase. One plant shipped upside down had lost about 1/3 of the potting soil but it is the one that bloomed and seems no worse for the experience. Tom
already got 6 flowers on each plant. planted right away,They have already grown half a foot taller. I can't wait for next spring they will be busting all over in flowers. My mom was really surprised and I told her to only water the ground around the plant not the plant its self
I am very happy with one of my gardenia bushes. It seems to be growing well. Has almost doubled in size. The other is not a happy bush. The leaves are yellow and it has not grown at all. I did exactly what the directions said but it is stunted. I am going to leave it in the ground to see if maybe I can save it.
Bought 5 this Spring to accent my Southern exposure front porch. Despite ""rankings"" for full-partial sun and growth zone appropriateness, pnly 3 have survived and one of those is marginal.Perhaps Albuquerque's ""full sun"" should be re-zoned !
When I first planted them I received lots of blooms, although I'm having to water mine consistently. You can see the leaves start to wilt. I tried to back off the water after 2 months and once established and now I have yellow leaves all over the insides of 3 of mine. They are in partial shade. I would not recommend this plant if your in Texas. Just way to much water usage.
It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Frost Proof Gardenia
Plant your Frost Proof Gardenias in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Frost Proof Gardenias are shade tolerant and prefer afternoon shade to morning shade. Although Frost Proof Gardenias prefer acidic soil, they will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay. For the best results make sure that the pH balance of your soil is between 5.5 to 6.5.
Keep the soil moist, but not soggy or over saturated. Frost Proof Gardenias need about an inch of water a week. Don't let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Make sure that your soil is well draining, and that your Gardenia's never sit in standing water. To help keep the moisture in apple a layer of mulch around the base of your Frost Proof Gardenia.
Fragrant blooms will emerge on your Frost Proof Gardenias early every Spring and may last until the fall, while the green leaves will last all year. Apply an acidic fertilizer every Spring to your Frost Proof Gardenia. If the leaves turn yellow your soil may be too alkaline. Add sulfur to your soil to lower the pH balance, and add lime to increase the pH balance.
My best friend received these today while I was visiting and they were so beautiful that...well here I am after just purchasing! Arrived packed wonderfully and ready to plant. Great job Fast growing trees!!!
Generally when a plants leaves turn yellow it indicates that it could be getting too much water or being the watered at the wrong time of day. Plants prefer to get water early in the morning or after the sun starts to go down. If you water them in the afternoon when the sun is strong and hot it's possible the water can burn the leaves.
Hi! I am interested in buying a Frost Proof Gardenia. We live in the Bay Area where its dry most of the year (we are currently in a drought). Is it best to plant in full sun or partial sun? Also, we have black mulch around the perimeter of our yard...can the Frost Proof Gardenia be planted in the mulch? Thanks!!!
Best Answer:Full sun unless you're in a hot zone like I am than morning sun and afternoon shade is probably best. These are drought tolerant once established. Mulch is best as it will retain moisture and you shouldn't have to water as much.
Unsure about what to plant them in--type of mulch I mean. We live in FL but it is NW FL. We had a harsh winter and they did great. The smell & bloom are beautiful. We had them near the walkway of the steps near our front entrance and they smell so pleasant & inviting. They can handle frost & even this winter we had light snow. Not sure about real dry weather. It has not rained here in awhile this summer. We, though, have an in ground sprinkler system. They are beautiful & I would buy them again. Sorry I do not have green thumb. Since I do not know much about plants that is why I have purchase my two knockout rose trees from this company also. They also are amazing. I say do further research on computer or call the toll free # they offer & inquire. we use good miracle grow potting soil to plant our things ---due to our sand. Then we used old fashion pine straw. I would only use straw or rocks. Once many years ago in another state we used mulch & wood chips etc & even though we had a brick home we got termites. So I am very picky about that. Wish I could help more.
Frost Proof Gardenias grow in 16x16x21" containers on my 21st story terrace in NYC, so our situations are different, but I do know that they need good drainage and full sun and if some of their leaves yellow, fertilize with (I think) an acidic mix. I soak the ground once a week.
I planted 7 of these little guys along the walk up to your front door. The ones closes to the street have full sun with not an iota of shade whereas the ones closest to the door and (1 in a pot on the porch) get part sun (morning till around noon) to full shade. We had a freeze this winter so they are a little small. However they are being troopers as each one is doing it's level best to nearly give me more flowers than it has leaves. Hearty wonderful plants.
Best Answer:I know very little about zone 6....except that you have extreme cold for sustained periods. I am in Oregon.... We get freezing temps off an on through the winter. We have the gardenia planted in a large patio container and generally bring the plant into our garage when forecasts indicate very cold temps with freezing rains. You may wish to do the same.... When the plant was very young we took it on vacation to the beach.... Nice and warm and we had been afraid if we left it home it might not get watered properly...plus it was covered with blooms and we wanted to enjoy them. The best to you and I hope this is helpful. Peace. Barbara George
It will but I recommend taking them in for the winter. I have had mine for years and the last winter killed my 3-4 foot beautiful gardenia' s.... your winters are worse than mine here in NJ. I'm tired of replacing them. I had front and back. .12 all together. Not replacing them this year! Good luck.
In your growing zone, you would have to bring the gardenia inside during the cold days of winter. It can take a small bit of chilly weather, but nothing prolonged and once inside, it needs a bright window and less water.
It is hard to say how it would do. The Frost Proof Gardenia is not recommended for that zone, but with a little extra TLC it may thrive. We just do not put a warranty or guarantee on a tree outside of your zone.
Best Answer:I did. . No problems. . But you want to give it room. It will grow 3 feet around and 3 feet tall. Then you will want to get around it by foot. So not rite on top of house. Always consider the mature growth when you plant something close.
What is the best time of year to plant shrubs in zone 8?
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Best Answer:I planted mine in May 2013 and it survived the winter without freezing and bloomed this spring again.. It looks very well and will probably bloom again next spring. I have really enjoyed it.
Best Answer:I just got mine and it is gorgeous! I re-potted it to a new pot and it is about 2 1/2 feet tall and about 2 foot wide. I even had 5 flowers just starting to bloom when I got it! It grows to be about 3-4 foot tall and about as wide at maturity.
Best Answer:Hi Cindy. I started out with two of these frost proof gardenia, and now have 4. I got so many compliments on them. They have been "loaded" every year with sweet smelling blossoms. I have all 4 of mine in pots, so I can pick them up and set them out of the severe elements. I don't bring them inside--I just move them to a semi covered front porch. I'm not sure you would have to do this--I just didn't want to take any chances. These plants/bushes are super low maintenance--simply water. (be careful not to overwater--makes their leaves turn yellow. These are amazing plants. I cannot tell you how many gardenia plants I killed over the years before finding these. They are super hardy plants. Hope this helps--Mark
Best Answer:Yes, I think so. I live in Pearland, Texas just southeast of Houston. We have the frost proof gardenias an we have them in an area that gets direct sun from sunrise to sunset. They need to be generously watered for a couple of years. But once they take hold they prosper in intense sunlight and heat as well as temperatures into the twenties in the winter. they do well in drought conditions as well as in flood conditions. My neighbors comment on the beautiful aroma of these plants.
I just got my Gardenia a week ago and re-potted to a new pot and it's beautiful. I even got 5 flowers just starting to bloom, which smelled awesome! I'll plant in ground as soon as I figure out where I want it. But it's adjusted just fine to it's new pot and location .
Best Answer:Hi Irene After looking at a hardiness map for Pennsylvania, I don't think it will survive. This Gardenia is zoned 7-10 and most of your state looks colder than that. But if you live in a warm pocket, and want to plant, I would definitely wait until spring to do it. Happy Gardening
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