Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

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Petefree

Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by Petefree » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:20 pm

I've had this hardy gardenia for a couple of years. I keep it in a pot as it likes an ericaceous soil.
I've been pleased with it - it's quite a compact little shrub, but with nice deep glossy evergreen foliage, and the big creamy white, single flowers, have a beautiful scent. For me it seems happiest on the patio, and shaded during summer by other plants.
I took a cutting a couple of months ago and just shoved it in a pot of ericaceous compost in the heated propagator. I wasn't really expecting much of it, as thought I'd read Gardenias were tricky from cuttings. But it seems to have rooted icon_thumleft
I might try to take some more in spring.
Has anyone else tried these from cuttings?
Pete

pete G

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by pete G » Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:37 pm

I've made only half hearted attemps at cuttings from mine Pete.

Maybe mines been getting too much sun, but I've not found it to be all that ornamental.

I've got it in a pot of ericacious, but it drops leaves all the time, and I find the flowers are ruined by the slightest shower in the summer.

So with the past two summers we have had its been a bit dissappointing.

Adrian

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by Adrian » Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:53 pm

I havent tried cuttings yet but mine seems much happier now in the ground than in a pot.
Mines in dappled shade by the ferns, not great flower wise this year but foliage is a nice deep green colour.

Nigel Fear

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by Nigel Fear » Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:25 pm

I;ve taken a few cuttings from mine too, back in September, so far they look fine outside in a pot. I haven't checked for roots yet but I'm sure they'd have died by now if they hadn't rooted or weren;t going to.

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Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:25 am

How did it go Pete? are they as difficult as they say :?: :wink:
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Petefree

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by Petefree » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:06 pm

Hmmm...well it's still alive Dave - but the cutting is still only about 4" tall - so I can't say it's been a resounding success. That said, I have probably neglected it quite a bit.

They used to be quite hard to come by, but I noticed Thompson & Morgan were selling the plants recently.

It definitely seems pretty hardy.

Pete

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Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by pete G » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:16 pm

Just notice this thread has been resurrected.

My main plant died this spring, probably due to the bad winter and the roots getting frosted.
Anyway, due to it looking crappe in the spring I quickly took some cuttings,.. they all took well, and I ended up with about five new plants, one of which is just flowering now.

I found they rooted very easily in a propagator withy bottom heat.

philip kitts

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by philip kitts » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:57 am

Anybody still got kleims hardy after two miserable winters.?

Petefree

Re: Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy' cuttings?

Post by Petefree » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:22 pm

Yep - seems to have come through winter with no damage here. I planted it out in the end, as Adrian mentioned his was doing better in the ground. It doesn't like to dry out too much so mine is also in a semi shaded spot under a big trunked cordyline. Nice fresh green growth and new flower buds at the moment.

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