Gardenia augusta 'Double Variegated'
Gardenia augusta 'Double Variegated'
Gardenia augusta 'Double Variegated'

Gardenia augusta 'Double Variegated'

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Double Variegated Gardenia. This cultivar was given to me because it one of the only variegated foliage Gardenias which has double flowers. The foliage is one of the showiest that one could imagine, but I have yet to see any flowers, so I can't vouch for it being double. But grow it in as much sun as possible to have the possibility of getting it to flower. But I would consider planting this selection more for its foliage than for its flower. Professor Fred Thode at Clemson always admonished his students that we should site Gardenias in the landscape so that they don't get early morning sun. This is because when they are heavily frozen on a cold winter morning, if sun immediately strikes them, it appears that they are thawed so rapidly, that it causes a rupturing of the cells of the leaf. Whether or not this is what actually happens, it is very obvious that there is far more cold damage on gardenias here when they are planted on an eastern exposure. When planted on the north or westerly side of a structure, even though it is colder, there is far less cold damage, because the plant's tissue has already thawed by the time the sun strikes them. Thus, if one is trying to grow Gardenias out of their "range," one should take this into consideration. As with all Gardenias, one needs to keep eyes open for the ubiquitous white flies which consider Gardenias as their filet mignon. All gardenias are susceptible to white flies, which in turn secret a sticky honey dew and then sooty mold which grows on this, soon follows. So to prevent the sooty mold, the best cure that we have found is using "worm castings." Sounds too good to be true. But this material which passes through the earthworm prevents white flies and also fertilizes your plant and it is completely natural. WOW! Just amazing.

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