Gardenia Plant

Gardenia jasminoides

Gardenia plants have beautifully scented waxy white flowers and glossy green leaves, but are very temperamental plants and won’t put up with neglect. A gardenia plant requires very specific growing conditions and constant attention. Native to Japan and China,  these plants are usually seen as outdoor evergreen bushes on the southern and western coasts of the United States. The key to successfully growing a gardenia plant indoors is to try to mimic the outdoor environment as closely as possible. Although it is quite a challenge and an accomplishment to grow a gardenia plant indoors, it is a flowering plant like none other. The jasmine fragrance of the flowers has inspired hundreds of perfumes. Before sending a gardenia plant as a gift, be sure the person you’re sending it to has the time to care for it and the proper environment, otherwise they will just be frustrated as the plant gradually dies.