Kleim's Hardy Gardenia
|Soil Type||Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained|
|Mature Height||2-3 Feet|
|Mature Width||2-3 Feet|
Love a traditional Gardenia? Looking for something that provides similar beauty and fragrance, but in a smaller, easier to care for package? Meet Kleim's Hardy Gardenia!
The pinwheel-shaped flowers are creamy white with a yellow center. They are so beautiful and perfect they almost look fake! The foliage is shiny and deep green, typical of Gardenias. The natural shape of this shrub is mounding. At a mature size of 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, this shrub is perfect for just about any spot in your yard, garden, or patio. They even do great in containers!
The Kleim's Hardy Gardenia is the hardiest of the Gardenias so they are significantly less likely to encounter problems with pests and diseases. Just provide full sun to part shade, slightly acidic, well drained soil and plenty of water and your Kleim's Hardy will be happy. You will love watching this low maintenance, evergreen shrub grow and bloom year after year. Be sure to plant it where you can catch wafts of the lovely scent often!
Buy your very own Kleim's Hardy Gardenia today, and enjoy its beauty and fragrance for years to come!
When planting your Kleim's Hardy Gardenia be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new plants to thrive. Spring and fall are ideal times to plant Gardenias. However, if you avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures you can plant any time of the year.
This Gardenia requires full sun to part shade and prefers moist, well-drained, fertile, acidic soil. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil mend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution. To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated, especially in summer and in the first year after planting. After the first year, it is best to allow the soil to begin to dry out in between waterings. In very dry and hot environments, misting your gardenia's leaves daily or every other day will keep your plant happy. Mulching at about 2 inches deep is highly recommended for gardenias. Mulching will cut back on watering needs and protect your plant in extreme temperatures. Fertilize in spring with our 6 month balanced, slow release fertilizer for best results. You don’t need to prune gardenias, but pruning after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant. Remove dead or crowded branches any time. Avoid heavy pruning or pruning for shape anytime from fall until bloom as buds form in fall.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. You can treat scale, whiteflies, and aphids naturally with neem oil or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. The Kleim's Hardy Gardenia is disease resistant so it isn't likely you will encounter fungal issues with this variety.
For additional options, be sure to browse our Gardenia collection.