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Gardenia Heirloom Own Root Vetchii Fragrant Plant

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4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall.  Selected with bud whenever possible thru April and May.

2 x 2 inch Starter Plugs - Well rooted, young starter plant.  Root ball is approximately 2 x 2 inches, with the plant a minimum of about 6 inches tall.  Unlikely to have buds on arrival.  Shipped with bare, securely wrapped root ball, so be prepared to pot up immediately. 

The Heirloom Gardenia Vetchii cannot be topped when it comes to the combination of beauty of fragrance, this classic old Gardenia is usually at the top of most lists. Vetchii has been a versatile favorite for decades, with it's combination of a tough, hardy root system,  large, glossy, deep green, foliage, and it's large, intensely sweet smelling snow white flowers.

The Vetchi Gardenia's growth habit is dense and naturally mounding, and it grows well on its' own roots having a high resistance to root pathogens and nematodes. Few plants are it's equal for ease of care and rewarding beauty. The flowers are pure white and loose, twisting, doubles with an intense sweet fragrance.

Gardenias prefer slightly acidic soils that drain well, are high in organic material and slightly acidic. Vetchii can be grown in full sun, but both foliage flowers will have the optimum size and gloss when the plant is protected from direct hot sun.


Botanical Name Gardenia jasminoides Vetchii
Common Name Vetchii
Plant Family Rubiaceae
Mature Size 3 ft x 3 ft
Bloom Color White
Bloom Form Loose double
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Water Needs Moderate
Light Needs Best with cool morning sun
Zone 8, 9, 10
Fragrance Intense
Key Features Easy to grow, versatile, cold hardy, highly fragrant
Suggested Uses Specimen, hedge, border, potted plant
Grower Notes Wonderfully fragrant and easy to grow


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in the recommended zones.  Gardenias can be grown as a potted plants indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter. 
  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size.
  • Plant early in the season in Zones 5, 6, and 7 and mulch heavily.






  • Model: GAR-HRL-VT
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 19 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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