A well-established financial executive, Samuel Brice Hall holds a position with Atlanta-based Piedmont Private Equity as director of investor relations. An outdoors enthusiast, Samuel Brice Hall is active with the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land and enjoys the gardening opportunities that the region offers.
One of the most common ornamental shrubs throughout the South, the gardenia is known for its abundant foliage. Challenging to care for, the plant is particularly sensitive to cold and can die during cold winters. This makes it ideal as a potted plant that can be moved indoors as required.
When outdoors, gardenias prefer partial shade and an acidic soil that contains abundant organic material and is well-drained. Once flowering has occurred, the bush should be pruned back to encourage compact growth. The plant should also be regularly watered, even after the flowering is finished.
A concern for growing gardenias indoors is ensuring that they have sufficient light and humidity. This is particularly problematic during the short, dry winter months. If keeping the plants in south windows does not provide enough light, consider using grow lights. And if the plant is suffering from a lack of moisture in the air, the use of a humidifier can help. Alternatively, plants can be grown together on trays arranged with pebbles kept wet.