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Plant gardenias indoors?
I'm not sure if you've seen it before, but there's a plant on the back of that card the looks very familiar. We get that every week, and have even been able to guess most of them, but this one, I'm sure I've never seen before. I think you can find it in one of the stores, but I was wondering if it can be done with some care? I tried searching but couldn't find anything on it. Any help would be appreciated!
The flower is named 'Gardenia', a native of South Africa. They are very attractive and should be treated much as a houseplant but do require some special care for the first few weeks.
It is easy to start them from seed. When they are ready to be potted they should be put in the soil you intend to pot them into. They should be potted up about 1/4 of their total height so they won't get too heavy for the pot. When you put them in their new pot they will be very tender, so they will need to be watered in and out of water a few times for about a week. The roots will grow fairly large at this time, and during this time they can be kept in a warm room in a light to moderate shade. Once the roots have grown somewhat they can be potted up again, and moved to a sunny window if you prefer. They will need to be potted up again about every 2 to 3 weeks to keep the roots healthy. As a rule you will want to water the pot about 1/2 to a whole cup of water per gallon. This will be done when the top of the pot is dry after a light rinsing. Don't let the water sit in the pot too long because it will cause the roots to rot. When they are about 6 to 8 inches tall they should be moved out of a dark place to a bright, sunny room. The room temperature should be about 70 degrees F. Once the potting medium has become established you can leave them in this environment for a week at a time with no ill effects. When they are about a month old you can set them in a larger pot for their next growing season.
**_Crimson-Eyed_** _(Dicentra spectabilis_
**SOWING AND GROWING** Plant these in a shady spot in the spring. They are drought tolerant and very easy to start from seed. They will grow in full sun, and when they are about 6 inches tall it is best to pot them up for the first time. After this, they should be watered once a week with water that doesn't sit in the pot for too long.
**_Crimson-Eyed_** _(Dicentra spectabilis_
A plant that is both native to Canada and native to this country is one of the first things that people think of when they think of native plants. These types of plants are often seen growing in large collections of native plants at large botanical gardens, natural history museums, and parks. In some parts of the world alpine plants are considered a specialty plant for commercial use. Some of the most common plants in this group are the rhododendron, blueberry, spirea, hosta, and yew.
**PROPAGATING BY SEED AND STOLON**
Some of the more common species for seed propagation are listed below, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. Any perennial you can easily propagate from seed will make a great plant for your garden.
_Blue Starberry (Rhododendron luteum_
_'Blue Star')_ , _Red Fox (R. rubratum_
* **_Rhododendron-Azalea Hybrids_**
_Bastard Indigo (R. choroides_
_'Babington Hybrids')_ , _Blue-Gum_
_'Blue Queen')_ , _Snowberry_
_Snowdrops (H. patula_
_White-Trunked (S. spectabilis_
_'Gloire des Dames')_
_Narcissus (N. pseudonarcissus_
_'Hortensia')_ , _Orange_
_Tulips (N. tectorum_
**CULTIVARS TO TRY**
**_Rhododendron luteum_ 'Blue Star'** is an especially popular dwarf shrub with a strong, compact growth habit and attractive gray-green foliage.
**_Rhododendron choroides_ 'Gumdrop'** and its close cousin, **_Rhododendron elatior_** 'Elata Foliis Concretiis' (p. 54), are among the earliest bloomers of the spring season and are outstanding for their size and dense blooms.
**_Rhododendron ericetum_** 'Dentatum' (p. 61) has a dense round growth habit and has been known to produce early blooms in the Midwest.
**_Rhododendron kanei_** , an unusual variety of rosebay rhododendron (p. 54), can be found in various colors, including pink. This plant can grow up to 2 feet tall and has attractive gray-green foliage and small pink flowers that appear in mid- to late summer.
**_Rhododendron maximum_** , known for its dramatic foliage, reaches heights of up to 4 feet, and is one of the best shrubs for the garden.
**_Rhododendron moulmeinense_** is a very compact, hardy, and heat-tolerant species, which provides low, bushy growth that is attractive in a shade garden or woodland setting.
**_Rhododendron nitidum_** is a showy spring bloomer. Its glossy green leaves and dense, pink-red buds are stunning in early spring.
**_Rhododendron occidentale_** has fragrant, pink, single blooms that may be borne singly or in large clusters. An outstanding dwarf rhododendron with a rounded outline, it is among the earliest flowering rhododendrons.
**_Rhododendron prinophyllum_** is a very popular evergreen rhododendron with abundant blooms from spring through summer. It is an effective shrub in milder areas because its winter season is relatively short. In winter, its small leaves are yellow with green-bronze edges. A good form is the late-flowering _Rhododendron prinophyllum_ 'Lanfordianum', with brilliant red