Celebrate Mother’s Day by giving Mom a rose or gardenia, with an IOU to do the planting while she relaxes. Roses and gardenias grow best in sunny gardens with at least six to eight hours of sun a day. Gardenias need soil on the acidic side, with good drainage.
Pick one in her favorite color, one that complements her garden, or let her choose!
How to Plant a Rose or Gardenia:
- Water the plant thoroughly while in its container.
- Prune damaged stems.
- Dig a hole twice as wide as the container. Remove any rocks. For gardenias or roses on their own roots, make the hole as deep as the container. For grafted roses, dig deep enough so that the knob where the roots meet the stem can be covered with at least 4” of soil.
- Wearing gloves, pull the plant from the container by grasping it where the stem meets the soil. Gently loosen roots.
- Place the plant in the center of the hole. Turn it so its best side is the focal point. Backfill with a mixture of garden soil and compost, making sure the plant is at the proper depth.
- Water deeply. Gently pat down the soil around the plant to eliminate air pockets.
- Mulch around the plant. Keep mulch 2”-3” away from the trunk. Do not mound like a volcano.
- Fertilize according to the directions on the label. For gardenias, be sure to get a fertilizer for acid-loving plants and apply every four to six weeks during the growing season.
- Keep plants well-watered, especially during dry spells.