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Jubilation Gardenia, Gardenia jasminoides 'Leeone' PP21983

Southern Living Plant Collection 3 Gal. Gardenia Jubilation

Common Name: Jubilation Gardenia

Type: shrub

Family: Rubiaceae

Zone: 7 to 10     Find Your Zone

Height:  3 to 4 feet

Width: 3 to 4 feet

Bloom Time: late spring, summer and into fall

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Soil: well drained, fertile, acidic

Leaves: evergreen

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


Makes a good foundation plant and shorter size and fragrance makes it good for sitting areas, walkways and porches. Great specimen plant that gets loaded with blooms and continues to bloom longer than other gardenias, blooming into the fall. August Beauty is a great option as well, for a larger Gardenia. If these are still too tall then perhaps Dwarf Gardenia 'Radicans' or Kleim's Hardy would be better options. Other similar varieties to Jubilation include 'Heaven Scent', Daisy and 'Scentsation'.

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.

Gardenia turning Yellow: Sandy soils notoriously are deficient in Iron and Nitrogen. Gardenias commonly get an Iron deficiency even in Iron rich soils. It is also common for many plants to have yellowing leaves deeper in the plant. If the outer growth is green and healthy looking then the inner leaves will start to turn yellow due to the lack of light to the inside of the plant. I would recommend using an ACR food for acid loving plants. This product has sulfur to help with soil acidity and Iron and Nitrogen to help it stay healthy and green.

Yellow leaves are also representative of too much water. If you think this is a possibility then reduce the frequency in which you water them.


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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Posted 2015-08-02T18:13:07+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL