where to buy Gardenia 'First Love' with better price?

shic_2006(4a 5a)March 1, 2006

Gardenia "First Love" is not an ever bloomer. However, this Japanese originated breed has very large, fully double flower (like a white rose). I checked wayside garden, the price is a little too high. Does anyone know any place that I can buy these with better price?

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kasiec

Hi schic - First Love or Aimee gardenia is as you described...white rose. The bloom on this is sparse (for me), but the size of each bloom makes up for it. I found mine at our local nursery for 8.99 in one gallon pots. Later, Home Depot had theirs for $4.69 per gallon size. I hope you'll find your source for this wonderful gardenia.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 1, 2006 at 10:40PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

California is a very different place. Our local HD never has anything interesting. 1 gallon hooked jasmine costs 14.99 each. Even begonias are 8.99 each! Local WM had some gardenia with 2-3 inch flowers.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2006 at 1:28PM
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kasiec

Different indeed. A grower's paradise.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 2, 2006 at 7:05PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

Kasie, does the following image look like this cultivar?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 3:00PM
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kasiec

Hi Shic - I can not differentiate between First Love and my Mystery Gardenias. The tags tell me what they are. Both has the large almost 4 to 5 inch bloom. I use fish emulsion when I water...most heavily in the summer.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 12:39PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

Kasie,

Do you have both cultivars in your yard? I suspect these two cultivars are related. There is another one called Miami Supreme. I guess the differences come down to details such as the center height of newly fully opened flower, and the total petal count.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 1:35PM
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kasiec

Hi Shic - I planted three Aimee/First Love in the ground last summer. The gophers got two and the single remaining plant is still alive. My G.Mystery is in a pot and something is chewing up the leaves. Maybe it's the same bug that is chewing up my Brugmansia leaves? I'm good at watering but not with spraying insecticide stuff.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 6:51PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

Kasie,

You murdered two Aimees ... Oh - My - God ...

Some bees cut leaves for their home. They are flying thieves, you have to catch them. Spraying is useless since they do not stay around.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 7:08PM
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kasiec

LOL...I know Shic...I'm a plant murderess. It just gives me good excuse to buy more. I hope my hubby is not reading this.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 8:40PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

Kasee, then, I guess, this "gardenia" is for you:

(check out carnivorous plant forum)

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 1:56PM
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kasiec

Hi Shic - what is that? If it's succulent, I'm not good with caring for them. I recently bought 2 Flap Jack plants and the leaves are shriveling up...not dead...still alive though.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 10:18PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

These are monster buttercup. These graceful "gardenia" flowers love to annihilate small beings. The carnivorous plants require: high humidity, low/zero fertilizer, small low-fat food, and rain/snow/distilled watering.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 9:25AM
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kasiec

I love gardenias, but I'll have to pass on this one.

Kasie

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 9:23PM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

The plants in the above photo are Mexican butterworts (in this case, either Pinguicula esseriana or P. ehlersiae), not monster buttercups! :-) They do quite well in normal household conditions and do not need high humidity. They respond well to mild fertilization and can often adapt to tap water as long as it is not treated city water. Certainly nothing difficult about them. Though they do not have the lovely fragrance of a gardenia, they do help control fungus gnat populations indoors.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 5:57PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)

I find these buttercups interesting. However, I heard some species are delicate.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 10:12AM
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alex41491_aim_com

Butter worts(or Pincuigula) are very easy as ispahan has said. they can be true gems and come in so many varieties and colors! here are few of mine that i no longer have... :(
P. jaumavensis

and P. agnata

carnivorous plants are just a great category of plants. they are always showy, unlike orchids. and plus. they eat! :)
D. capensis(cape sundew)

Alex

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 10:54AM
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regency898_gmail_com

I bought mine at a sale at Armstrong gardening. It is grafted, so the root system is stronger. San Gabriel gardening center in San Gabreil, CA also has some from $10.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 3:48AM
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