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Gardenia - Daisy Hardy Hybrid / Size 1
Daisy Hardy Hybrid Gardenia

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*Availability Status: Currently sold out - Estimated avail spring 2020
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 10" - 16" tall / Gallon size rootball

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Our Price: $8.95

Product Code: GARDAI1

Gardenia augusta 'Daisy'

Overall Description

Gardenia x Daisy is a nice rounded evergreen shrub with glossy green foliage and very, very fragrant white flowers. This plant is oftentimes listed as Gardenia jasminoides, yet it's proper classification would put it in the Gardenia augusta family. This particular Gardenia variety has been specifically refined & bred for increased cold hardiness, making Gardenia x Daisy an actual viable option for locations as far as zone 6b - however, a sheltered location is required in this zone. Foliage is nice sized, averaging about 2 1/4" long, and has a very glossy, thick, almost leathery texture.

Blooms are pure snow white when first opening, and then take on a creamy color as they expire. Each individual bloom averages just over 2" in diameter, and also has a small yellow center, which looks almost "button like". Blooming time begins in mid May, and continues right on thru the entire month of July.......even later in some climates. Blooms are extremely fragrant, and we recommend these plants be located somewhere that will have plenty of traffic & activity around, in order for everyone to enjoy the wonderful fragrance.

Uses include foreground plantings in front of taller shrubs & trees, foundation plantings up against homes & buildings, along sidewalks & walkways, and can even be used as a great container / patio gardening choice. Responds well to trimming / pruning, so can be maintained at smaller sizes if desired. Gardenias are generally thought of as a very warm climate plant only, and something that most temperate climates can only dream of keeping on a consistent basis, with planting even in zone 7b - 8 considered a serious risk. But now, thanks to a lot of hard work put forth by nurserymen & horticulturalists, there are a few forms / varieties that have extended the possible range all the way out into zone 6b in many areas.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 3 - 4 ft ( if left untrimmed )

--Mature Width : 4 - 5 ft ( if left untrimmed )

--Growth Rate :
Slow to Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6b - 10 will suffer some branch / foliage damage at temps below 0 degrees. Strongly recommended if planting in zone 6b to put in a well sheltered area out of the direct winter winds.

--Sun Exposure :
Partial sun / partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to moist & fertile - well drained with plenty of organic matter is preferred. Mulching also strongly recommended for best results.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen Broadleaf - very nice deep green glossy foliage has a very heavy texture, almost leathery. Holds good decent green color all through winter months.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - Nice display of 2" diameter flat faced pure snow white blooms starting in early to mid May, and continuously blooming all the way thru until late July. Blooms are extremely fragrant, and have a small yellow button-like center.

--Diseases / Insects :
Powdery mildew, canker (Phomopsis gardeniae), aphids, scale, mealybugs, white flies, mites, and nematodes are the main threats that have been encountered. White flies are the most commonly found pest on this variety, but seldom pose any serious health threats - more of a nuisance.

--Recommended Spacing :
2 - 2 1/2 feet apart for hedge type planting - widen spacing to approx 5 ft apart for foundation or foreground plantings where distinction between individual shrubs is desired.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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