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August Beauty Gardenia Shrubs for Sale Online
August Beauty Gardenia (gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty') not only live beautifully in a garden, but make for perfect corsages, wedding bouquets, and elegant centerpieces. Their small evergreen shrub structure blooms thick dark green leaves and velvety white flowers. When planted in the proper grow zones, these gardenias grow 4 to 6 feet tall and upwards of 3 to 4 feet wide, lasting decades long! Thriving best in full sun and acidic soil, you won't have too much trouble watching your gardenia jasminoides bloom beautiful white flowers.
The most popular place August Beauty is planted is near entryways, patios, and in the foreground of garden borders. Conducting a soil test is imperative before placing them in your garden. They require acidic, well-drained soils and can even handle partially shaded landscaping. We recommend you plant them near heavy foot traffic areas, that way your guests can enjoy their fragrance every time they step foot in your beautiful garden.
|Mature Height:||4 to 6 Feet|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Full sun to partial shade|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil, likes acidity|
How to Care for August Beauty Gardenia
When purchasing your August Beauty Gardenia Shrub, be sure to read the recommended care instructions for a happy and healthy plant!
What kind of soil do August Beauty Gardenia Shrubs prefer?
Gardenias grow their very best in consistently moist, organically rich, acidic, well-drained soils. Before planting, conduct a soil test in the desired area. If your soil leans more on the alkaline side (higher pH), add a soil acidifier to help balance your shrub's new habitat. If you don't have a soil acidifier you can use lime, yes lime, as a natural alternative. When transplanting, handle your new plant with care and try to avoid the roots from being disturbed. We recommend amending the local soil to ensure there is adequate drainage in your desired area. Peat moss or fir bark are great choices to help create a better drainage system in clay soils.
When Should I Water My August Beauty?
When first planting, water thoroughly and monitor your soil to see how quickly the top 2 inches of soil dry out. These fairly drought-tolerant shrubs need their soil to be moist but never soggy for the first 4 to 6 weeks. A good rule is to water for a count of 5 for every 1 gallon pot size your plant lives in. After established and depending on your climate, you should water only once a week or up to every other day. Not sure when it is time to water your Gardenia? Check your soil about 3 inches down for dryness. We suggest you water them frequently in average climates and even more frequently in extreme heat climates. If your plant is potted, water until you see it flowing from the drainage holes.
How Much Sunlight Do August Beauty Gardenias Need?
Think more shade equals fewer flowers when planting your August Beauty gardenia. These plants can handle full sun all the way down to partial shade. Their sunlight preference depends on where you are located. Northern states, place your plant where it can receive 4 to 6 hours of full to partial sunlight. Southern states, place your shrub where it can receive 3 to 5 hours of partial sunlight to partial shade per day. Morning sun is the best kind of sun for your gardenia because it is less harsh and less likely to cause any discoloration on your plant's leaves.
Should I fertilize my August Beauty Gardenia Shrub?
The best time to fertilize your August Beauty gardenia is every 3 to 4 weeks from April to November. We recommend using a fertilizer high in nitrogen because this will allow your shrub to stay happy and healthy all year long. If you ever notice the leaves turning yellow, mix a tablespoon of Epsom salt with a gallon of water and apply it around your plant. Gardenia shrubs are evergreen however, they still enter a period of growth dormancy, and adding fertilizer during this time could disrupt that process. To avoid this, do not fertilize your plant in the early winter.