PAT38915(Z7, MS)August 20, 2005

I have a large gardenia bush, and id like to know if i could cut one of the limbs off and root it, if anyone has any info on how to do this would you please email

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Dirr advises that softwood cutting taken in June, July & August, root easily. I haven't tried cuttings, but have rooted them by layering; bending a lower limb down to the ground, covering a portion of it with an inch or so of soil(leaving the tip end exposed), then use a stone or brick to hold it in place. You could also use a "hairpin", fashioned from a piece of heavy guage wire to accomplish the same purpose.
I root a number of softwood cuttings from other types of shrubs and use a mixture of sand, perlite and compost or potting mix in equal amounts with excellent results. Good drainage and a moist medium(never soggy) is key to success.
Since Gardenia's are a fairly tender shrub, you will probably need to overwinter the rooted cuttings in a greenhouse or indoors, remembering to keep them moist throughout the winter.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 12:21AM
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nonews(Zone 7 NC)

After my gardenia stopped blooming, I took cuttings - maybe in July. I would trim the bottom 1/4 - 1/2" of bark off the stem, dip them in a rooting medium, and them stuck them into a bed of sand that I keep for rooting shrubs, etc. I try to mist them every day. Mine are rooting and showing some growth at the tips now. Good luck with yours. Nancy

    Bookmark   August 21, 2005 at 9:51PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

To be more specific about your really can't just cut of a branch and stick it in water. Tip cuttings, much the way the previous posters recommended, will work if done properly.

You can find more information by looking up woody propagation techniques on the internet. Good luck!!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 11:50AM
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ccl38(8A Savannah, GA)

Take a 6-8 " tip cutting, remove leaves from stem, cut back leaves on top to half, dip stem in rooting hormone. place in pot with drainage, potting soil, firm soil around stem and water. Enclose in a plastic bag and let it hang out in good light. You should see new growth in 4 to 6 weeks. They always root for me this way. When they have good roots, remove plastic bag. I never plant out until the following spring.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 11:12AM
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Nell Jean

I wish y'all hadn't told me I couldn't root all these gardenias in bottles of water.
Now what am I going to do with the ones I rooted in water this year?

The nine I rooted in previous years in bottles of water are doing well transplanted into the ground; some are as tall as me.


    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 6:11PM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

Hi Nell - mine are all doing great too! :) Hopefully no one will tell them they were not supposed to root that way - i usually root about 30 or so a year that way. Of course, I am more successful with tip cuttings in water than older growth.

See the pic - it is one i planted in 1998 - my mother rooted it in water, tip cuttings......

Here is a link that might be useful: One of my gardenias in bloom

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 10:32PM
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chapelhillgardener(7a NC OrangeCo)

hi nancy/no news :)
gardenia's been on my wish list
for a long time, and just yesterday
i acquired my first one. i see
you're zone 7, too - will they
overwinter in the ground here?
not sure why it's been stuck in
my mind that they have to be
brought inside here in the winter.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 8:04PM
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serenoa(z8b, FL)

A friend of mine in Jacksonville roots a lot of different shrub cuttings in water. Some of them, like rosemary, have surprised me. I try hard to avoid telling my fellow gardeners that something cannot be done. Too often, they have proved me wrong.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 9:06AM
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I have two potted gardenia plants in my yard and I absoutly love them. I live in South Florida. Can someone please tell me how to cut back the Gardenias and how to reroot the cuttings? Also, what can I use as an all natural pestacied? I have young children who love to smell the flowers and I do not want harsh chemicals on the plants. Are Gardenias poisonous to cats?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2008 at 2:19PM
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I agree with Nell. They are easily rooted in water. Actually, my first ones I rooted were accidental.... from cut flowers I had in a vase.


    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 4:13PM
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The great thing about gardenias is that they are incredibly forgiving when you take cuttings! I generally stick any and all cuttings when I prune them back into a bucket of water for a day or so and collect anything I need to get them started in a propagation mix. Once they are in pots with mix I usually stick them in a protected sunny place and forget about them unless it is very dry. The ones that do not make it get composted and the ones that do get planted or passed to friends. It is a win-win for everyone. Gardenia gets trimmed, I get more plants, my friends get gardenias to start their own cycle of cut-pot-give!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 11:06PM
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How far can it be cut back and when?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 3:26PM
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