Flowers fragrant aroma and distinctive. The flowers are also beautiful, shaped like a rose with editorials and tiered circular. White and yellow color flowers. The leaves are oval, thick, smooth and glossy on the upper surface of the leaf palms. This plant is expected to come from China or Japan, but now has spread and many cultivated as a bonsai plant or what we call Gardenia Bonsai.
Gardenia lovers may want to purchase a beautiful gardenia bonsai for the home, but be warned; they’re not the easiest plants to keep healthy and flowering. Like most bonsai, gardenia bonsai require attention and care. If kept healthy, however, they can be an exquisite and fragrant flowering bonsai for the home.
Most people prefer to cultivate and grow a gardenia bonsai because of its remarkable fragrance, strikingly beautiful flowers, and elegant appeal. The shrub is known for its glossy green leaves and delicate white flowers. While this plant may be grown outdoors in zones 7 to 9, you may consider this species as a houseplant until the summer months. By doing so, you can protect your gardenia from being exposed to extreme or freezing temperatures that are detrimental to its health.
Three types of gardenia are recommended for bonsai creation, or you can purchase an already created bonsai gardenia. The three cultivars that make the best bonsai include:
Gardenia radicans – look for the dwarf variety
Like other gardenia, gardenia bonsai require partial shade to bright, filtered light. Avoid direct sunshine; it is too strong for the gardenia. Morning light followed by afternoon shade is ideal.You can also grow gardenias under plant lights inside the house if your windows don’t provide enough or the right type of light.
Gardenia bonsai are grown along wires to train and shape the plant. You can purchase bonsai wire at garden center or through bonsai supply websites. Each soft, new shoot is tied to the wires or snipped off to help shape the plant. There’s no right or wrong way to shape a bonsai. Use your imagination, and be gentle with the plant. Never prune or wire the stems when the plant has buds or flowers, but wait until it’s dormant. Moving stems around while they have flowers or buds can cause the plant to drop them and leave you without your hard-won blossoms, the best part of growing gardenia!
Since the plant needs extra humidity, you should place it beside other leafy shrubs or next to a tray filled with water and pebbles. However, it is not advisable to allow water to touch the planter’s bottom, so you can prevent overwatering the plant. You may also consider raising the humidity around the plant by misting the leaves as often as possible. Gardenia require evenly moist soil. Try not to let your gardenia dry out, but water frequently. The soil should be moist but not soggy.