Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. Known for its incredibly fragrant creamy blooms and attractive shiny green foliage.   

Light: Partial sun. Middle of the day, keep in bright filtered light while giving it direct sun toward the less intense hours of the day. 

Water: Even moisture; make sure soil is very well draining

Environment: Native to tropical and subtropical regions; needs humidity

Toxicity: Reported to be toxic to cats and dogs according to the ASPCA

Habit / SIze: Tree form or shrub habit depending on variety

Of Note:

  • Gardenia jasminoides (syn. G. grandiflora, G. Florida) is the Gardenia mostly cultivated as a houseplant. They grow to about 18” indoors. 
  • Gardenia is an acid-loving plant. Fertilize with acidic plant food. 
  • The flower will brown if touched by water.

*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, estimate 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting to safeguard from overwatering (albeit you can still overpour).