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by scarlett on February 27, 2005 08:09 PM
hey out there! does anyone know how to grow a new gardenia plant from a cutting? how to take a cutting, root it, transplant it? any feedback is appreciated!
by Amy R. on February 27, 2005 08:55 PM
Hi scarlett! I googled gardenia propagation and found this:
"Unfortunately, gardenias are not very easily propagated by seed or cuttings. Greenhouse growers produce them from cuttings and root them in heat-controlled misting chambers."
Doesn't look to promising does it? There is another gardenia thread going too, with tons of links on the care of gardenias. Good luck, us gardenia growers need it!
by Sheri&Kiki on March 03, 2005 12:54 AM
Hi,Scarlett! I saw your gardenia question, and I agree, they are hard to propagate by cuttings! But I did successfully root a couple. I put the cutting in a well-drained soil and kept it in a 10-gallon aquarium covered with glass. (Clear plastic will work, too, so long as it doesn't touch the leaves.) Keep the soil moist, and put it in a high light place, but not direct sun. It seems to take forever, but it should root. I also gave it a light mist a couple times a week. Oh, and before I stuck it in the soil, I dipped the end in a rooting hormone. Much luck to you, and don't give up! I'm about to start more gardenias myself, and I'm presently working on 2 cuttings from a red camellia...those aren't easy either! [scaredy]
by njoynit on March 03, 2005 01:22 AM
I root mine in buckets no problem.I think its the augusta type.I just cut 12 inch stems at an angle 1/2 inch below node and they sit in about 4 inches of water sometimes more depending on rain.I have better luck if I let them stay in there awhile and have some decent usually has formed them short ones then sends out a few longer ones,when those come out then i dig a hole toss in compost& bury and water daily for 2 weeks then its set. I've grown them stuck in 3 gallon pots,but the roots seemed more fragile& they took longer to root..over 9 months.
Now I got this other type gardenia has smaller flowers smaller leaves thinner leaves,blooms later.starts off rooting then croaks& basically it hates me,but have still yet to try thicker cuts.cuts are thicker on the other type I have no problems with.

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