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Old 12-21-2015, 05:16 PM
Location: Decatur, GA
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So I've got a front flower bed I need to close a gap in. I really love Gardenias and there's already one there. I'm debating however whether I should clone the existing one, or buy a new one? Are there any long-term advantages or disadvantages either way? I'm hardly a plant biologist, but I do know existing plants can be affected by pollination (I think?) so that's my main concern. Certainly just buying a new gardenia would be easier, but I'm not so worried about that.

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Old 12-21-2015, 06:49 PM
Location: NC
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Cloning will give you an exact reproduction of the genetic material in the original plant. But a new plant with exactly the same cultivar name is already a clone, and you can purchase the exact size that you want. Do you know how to do cloning of the plant you already have?
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Old 12-25-2015, 04:21 PM
Location: North Idaho
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If a gardenia will grow in that flower bed, so will a camellia. I suggest a camellia or two in a nice pink, or maybe a clear red to set off those pretty white gardenias.

Myself, I'd just buy a gardenia to save time. Maybe even a 5 gallon just to get that area filled in. If you start from cuttings or layering, it will take a lot longer to get a decent sized plant. I'm pretty sure that gardenias only come in white, but there are different styles of flowers and most likely different blooming seasons, so you can extend the season by getting a second plant with a different blooming season.
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