Don’s Expert Answers: Not sure which gardenia to plant.

Question From:
Charles. Scicluna in BAULKHAM Hills , Sydney New South Wales

Nature of problem:
Not sure which gardenia to plant.

Type of Plant (if known):
Standard gardina

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Variety type needed

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Clay below 30cm garden mix.

How often do you water the plant:
Weekly or were needed. Have water system

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:

How long since you planted it:
Not planted yet

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Not yet

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:

Upload photo if available:

Other Comments:
Remember watching your show as a kid and loved it. Your geen thumb help is needed. Looking for a formal standard plant that’s easy to maintain and trim. About 1m to 1.5 tall. Sunny position. Want to shape into a standard ball look. Was leading towards 4 x standard gardinias but no idea on the best variety to choose?
Your assistance would be much appreciated.

Hi Charles, and thanks for the positive feedback. There are two front runners for your needs: Gardenia ‘Magnifica’ which has larger white perfumed flowers, and G. ‘Florida’ which has smaller but more numerous flowers. ‘Magnifica’ has more presence and sheer beauty, whereas ‘Florida’ has more flowers over a longer time. Both are superb varieties with superb perfumes, and they easily out-perform more recent released varieties. Don