Tell us how you root the dwarf gardenia. Curious minds want to know!
Last fall and also this spring, I was actually pruning the dwarfs when I decided to place several stems into a jar of water because they had blooms on them and thought the scent would waft throughout the house. Pruned only because they were growing into the walkway. Weeks later, I realized that the stems never turned brown and to my delight, when I lifted them, they had roots. Tried it on the full-size gardenia to no avail. Now I have to try to find a new bedding area for about twenty new dwarfs because I went crazy. You can also do this with angel trumpets. Out of the 3 that I had, I can now plant about 6 more. Now I am trying to get several other shrubs to root in the same way ans will let you know. Good luck!
BTW...I have rooted new and old shoots in exactly the same manner with the same results. Hope this helped. But I am not knowing when to place them into the garden. I have placed them into their own pots (from last fall) and placed them on my front porch. Rooting about 20-30 azaleas right now with rooting hormone in dirt,. They look healthy but when I pulled them, there was no root system yet, just nodes. So my trial and error has to wait for these to flourish. In about 3 weeks they have not wilted and stand tall but no real roots. I really need to know when is a good time to lift and place rooted shrubs into the garden.
Melissa, since you're doing so much propagation, you might want to check out this article from the North Carolina State Extension Service:
It sound like you may want to cover them with plastic to help increase soil moisture.
Thank you Douglas and maybe they can he lp me figure out when to plant everything I root but place in the gorund too early, like some of my angel trumpets.
It sounds like you're doing a lot of things right. Good luck and keep us posted.
I have decided to use rooting hormone with all other things that I have not been able to root in water thus far. Having pretty good luck already. Bought a lorapetalum the other day only to cut off most of the stems and trying to root those in my laundry room. I did it both ways, the woody stem and the soft stem. Gonna see what happens.