How To Grow A Gardenia From A Cutting

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I have a beautiful Gardenia that I would like to grow from cuttings. I have never done this before and I am looking for some advice on how to get started. I'm up for the challenge. My grandmother used to do this ages ago and I want to continue the family tradition!

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Absolom-Propagating gardenias from cuttings starts with getting the gardenia cuttings. The best time to take your gardenia cuttings is in the Spring or Summer growing season.

The cutting should be at least 5 inches long and taken from the tip of the branch. Ideally, they will be softwood (green wood).
Cut just beneath a leaf node, which is the raised area on the stem where leaves develop.

Wrap the cut end of the stem in moist paper towels to keep it from drying out.

Mix equal amounts of peat moss and sand. Fill a 4-inch growing container or other container of your choice.

Remove the lower leaves from your 5" cutting. Take all the leaves off the cutting except for the top two sets.

Dip the cut end of the stem into a rooting hormone powder found at nurseries and garden centers.

Plant the bottom one-third of the cutting in the soil mixture and add enough water to lightly moisten it.

Insert three or four ice cream sticks in the soil mix around the edge of the container.

Put a clear plastic bag (Baggie) over the container, resting it on the ice cream sticks so that it doesn't come into contact with the gardenia cutting. Poke three or four pencil size holes in the top of the plastic bag to allow excess moisture to evaporate.

Place your container in a well-lit area that is protected from direct sun and maintains an approximate temperature of 75 degrees F. Keep soil mix moist, not wet. Don't let the soil dry out.

Pull lightly on the cutting about four weeks after planting to see if the cutting has started to take root. When it no longer pulls easily from the soil, a new root system has started to grow. Continue to check the cutting every two weeks until roots form.

You can transplant the gardenia to its permanent container or outdoor location after steady growth begins.

Let me know how your new plants are doing.


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Absolom Gabriel

Absolom Gabriel · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 7A · 0° to 5° F
Great info!! Thank you John

10 years ago ·
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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Your very welcome. Hopefully Gardenality has been fun and informative for you.

10 years ago ·
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