Common name – Vietnamese Gardenia Plant Type – Shrub
Jesse Durko’s 5 year old gardenia is about 6 feet by 6 feet in size. It is a slow to moderate grower averaging 1-2 feet a year.
Companions – Bromelliads, ferns, flax lily, and other ground covers are good choice for this gardenia.
Planting – Plant Vietnamese gardenia ¼ inch above grade to allow for settling. Locate this shrub is a full sun to part shade location for best results. Choose a site with good drainage well away from concrete.
Fertilizing – Fertilize in March, June and October with palm fertilizer.
Trimming – This gardenia is a dense grower naturally so should not need pruning if enough space is allowed for its full growth.
Water – This gardenia has moderate drought resistance, but appreciates regular irrigation.
Soil – Acid soil is the natural preference for this gardenia. Good drainage and planting away from concrete should assure success.
Salt tolerance – The Vietnamese gardenia has moderate salt tolerance. Wind tolerance – This gardenia has moderate wind resistance. The smaller size of the plant reduces wind damage.
Zone – This gardenia is hardy in zones 10-11.