Growing guide

How to grow gardenias

Gardenias have long been popular as houseplants, prized for their richly fragrant, white flowers. These open through the summer months, against a backdrop of glossy, dark green leaves.

Quick facts

  • Houseplants with large, white blooms that are highly fragrant

  • They need warmth, humidity and bright, indirect light

  • Grow in acidic (ericaceous) potting compost, and repot each spring

  • Feed and water regularly

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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