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Gardenia: A Fragrant Elegance

Gardenia, known for its captivating fragrance and exquisite blooms, is a beloved evergreen shrub or small tree. Native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceania, this plant is cherished for its glossy, dark green leaves and creamy-white, waxy flowers.


  • Flowers: The most enchanting feature of the Gardenia is its fragrant flowers. The blooms are typically white or cream-coloured, with a waxy texture and a distinctive, sweet fragrance that perfumes the surrounding air.
  • Foliage: Gardenias boast glossy, dark green leaves that provide a lush backdrop to the striking flowers. The leaves are often arranged in opposite pairs and contribute to the plant's overall aesthetic appeal.
  • Size: Depending on the variety, Gardenias can range from compact shrubs to small trees, making them versatile for both indoor and outdoor cultivation.

Care Requirements:

  • Light: Gardenias thrive in bright, indirect light. If grown indoors, place them near a south- or west-facing window to ensure they receive sufficient sunlight. Outdoors, they prefer partial shade.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but well-draining. Gardenias are sensitive to changes in water availability, so it's essential to maintain a regular watering schedule. Use room- temperature water to avoid shocking the plant.
  • Temperature: Gardenias prefer warm temperatures between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. Protect them from drafts, as they are sensitive to sudden temperature fluctuations.
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