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Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’, August Beauty Gardenia


Common Name: August Beauty Gardenia

Type: shrub

Family: Rubiaceae

Zone: 7 to 11     Find Your Zone

Height: 5 to 8 feet

Width: 5 to 7 feet

Bloom Time: Summer

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: acidic, well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants


This beautiful, extremely fragrant evergreen is a great addition around sitting areas, walkways or entry ways. Gardenias also comes in semi-dwarf varieties like Jubilation, Pinwheel, 'Heaven Scent' and Daisy. Check out dwarf varieties like Radicans and Kleim's Hardy.


Pruning: Gardenias bloom from old and new growth. Early spring is a good time to prune Gardenias and right after they bloom is a good time as well. The only time to avoid pruning gardenias is in the late fall, as this will promote tender new growth that can be killed off by freezing weather.


PLANTING GUIDE


STEP 1: Digging the hole


  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.


STEP 2: Putting plant in hole


  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.


STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole


  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.


STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing


  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.


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