Imagine the rich fragrance of gardenias as they are growing in the grower’s fields and gardens. Sent to you in bud form and fresh from the grower, ProFlowers gardenias can be grown as a houseplant or outdoors. Simply follow the instructions below and the ones provided in the box and your gardenias will bloom over the next 3-4 days and will last as long as you take care of them.
Your flowering plant will arrive boxed and in a plastic sleeve to keep it safe. To enjoy your plant, follow the instructions below to ensure you don’t bruise or harm it while unpacking it. In addition, follow these directions, as well as the one provided in the box, for long lasting gardenias.
1) Carefully remove the plastic sleeve from around the plant.
2) Completely (and immediately) remove the moss or paper shred covering the top of the soil and discard.
3) Pinch off any wilted blooms and leaves to avoid the plants energy trying to revive these. Do not touch any fresh, open blooms. This will cause them to wither and wilt.
4) Give gardenias bright, direct light and keep them in an even temperature of no warmer than 62F to set blossoms.
5) Keep soil evenly moist without over-watering. If soil is dry to the touch, give the gardenia more water. If it is sitting in water, you have given it too much. Too much water can harm the plant.
6) If planting outside or next to other plants, avoid crowding with other plants and competing roots.
7) If you want to place your gardenia outdoors during warmer weather, make sure to keep it in the shade to avoid overheating.
Note: The gardenia is a perennial plant. Therefore, it will grow back in the spring even though it may appear faded and wilted during the winter months.