Why plant Fool Proof™ Gardenia?
Foolproof is right, those of us without green thumbs can now grow a gardenia without worrying about whether we are going to kill off this flowering shrub or not. Foolproof is one of the easiest gardenias to grow and does not require a lot of human interference with it's growing and care. A compact character, Foolproof provides a lot in a small package. A pollinators paradise, Foolproof attracts birds, butterflies, bees and many other beneficial pollinators with their continuous blooming cycle and fragrant blooms. Very tolerant of heat and provides four season interest in the landscape, you really cannot go wrong with planting Foolproof Gardenia.
Gardenias are native to Japan and Southern China where they can be found in areas that do not drop below 60 degrees. The name Gardenia is a homage to the Scottish botanist, Alexander Garden.
How to use Fool Proof™ Gardenia in the landscape?
Foolproof is the easy to grow gardenia that won't let even the worst gardener down. You'll be able to enjoy the compact shrub's bright white blooms that emerge in the spring and continue to rebloom until the fall. It won't be hard to tell when the flowers are in full bloom, you'll smell their lovely fragrance even before you see them. This gardenia will also become your favorite four-season interest shrub with the glossy dark green foliage taking center stage in the fall and winter when the blooms die off.
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
How To Plant Fool Proof™ Gardenia
Gardenias can be easily to grow in the landscape if the right conditions are provided. Areas known for hotter temperatures should ensure that Foolproof is planted where the afternoon shade is available to protect from the hot sun. Areas with cooler temperatures should place Foolproof where it will receive full sun all day. Pruning should be done after the first flower event or in the late winter when fertilizing. Gardenias do require well-draining soil that is also acidic to help retain the evergreen foliage.
How To Water
Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
While your Gardenia will not require much, prune as needed in late winter.