beautiful gardenia arrangement in vase and bowls

Gardenia Care and Arranging Tips

Gardenia Care:

  1. Lighting - Gardenias grow most optimally in bright but indirect lighting. Exposure to direct sunlight has the potential to cause leaf burn. High Camp has found that growing gardenias in greenhouses is the most effective and efficient way to produce consistent, and high quality blooming gardenias year round. 

  2. Water - Gardenias should be watered regularly but not to the point where the soil is oversaturated. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out prior to watering the plant again.

  3. Humidity - Gardenias thrive in high humidity. If you do not live in a humid environment, consider placing a humidifier near the plant or green-housing your gardenias. 

  4. Fertilizer - Gardenias benefit from regular fertilization. Use a fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants and apply it every few weeks during the growing season. 

Tips for Arranging Gardenias:

  1. Select gardenias with ample greenery that can be removed according to your taste. The more greens that remain on the stems, the more supported the actual blooms will be. 

  2. Choose gardenias that are just starting to bloom and have “cracking whites” meaning the white petals are just starting to show through the bloom and it will soon open and bloom. 

  3. Arrange gardenias in a vase with a narrow neck so the stems can appropriately support the big flowers and not droop. Gardenias can also be taken off their stems and just the flowers can be floated in a vessel of cool water. Beautiful as a singular statement or en masse. 

  4. Change the water frequently. Gardenias have a short life span and are prone to wilting / browning, so it is important to change the water frequently to keep the blooms fresh for as long as possible. 

  5. Place gardenias in a cool location out of direct sunlight. Gardenias prefer cooler temperatures so avoid placing arrangements right next to a window or near a heat source. A cool, shaded location will allow the gardenias to bloom and remain fresh most optimally. 

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