GARDENIA

FLOWERING SHRUB. This evergreen hothouse shrub is less esteemed nowadays either as a flowering plant or for buttonholes, perhaps because of its strong and peculiar perfume. It should be grown in 6 in. pots in rich soil with some sand, potted very firmly and kept moist. In winter it needs a temperature of 55 degrees F. The medium-sized pure white, waxy flowers appear in autumn and winter, although time of flowering may be varied, depending on the amount of heat available to the plants. Take cuttings in January or February for striking in a propagating frame with bottom heat. Plants which are 2 or 3 years old tend to deteriorate.

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