Tiaré flower (Gardenia tahitensis)

View of tiare flower in pots

Image - Flickr / Booman Floral

La tiare flower it is a magnificent shrub: with large, evergreen leaves and lovely white flowers. Its cultivation in a pot is highly recommended, although it can also be kept in the garden if the soil is acidic. The only downside is that it is very sensitive to cold.

Otherwise, its maintenance is very simple. Do you want to know how to take care of it?

Origin and characteristics

The leaves of the tiare flower are lanceolate

Image - Wikimedia / Verodemortillet

It is an evergreen shrub native to the islands of the South Pacific as far as Vanuatu. Its scientific name is Gardenia tahitensis, and is popularly known as the Tiaré flower or the Tahiti flower. It grows to a maximum height of 4 meters, with large, whole and varnished-looking leaves of 5 to 16cm.. The flowers bloom in spring-summer, and are white or, rarely, yellow. Gives off a sweet jasmine scent.

Its growth rate is medium; that is, you will see some changes throughout the year. Below we tell you what are the care you should provide for it to grow well.

How to take care of it?

The Tiaré flower is big and white

Image - Wikimedia / Hardscarf

If you want to have a copy, take care of it by following our advice:

  • Location:
    • Exterior: it must be in semi-shade.
    • Indoor: in a bright room, without drafts.
  • Earth:
    • Garden: fertile soil, with good drainage and acid (pH between 4 and 6).
    • Pot: substrate for acidic plants (you can get it here!).
  • Irrigation: 4-5 times a week in summer, somewhat less the rest of the year. Use rainwater or lime-free.
  • Subscriber: ecological fertilizers, or specific ones for acid plants (such as this) following the instructions specified on the package.
  • Multiplication: by seeds and cuttings in spring.
  • Pruning: at the end of winter the dry, diseased, weak or broken branches must be removed.
  • Rusticity: being of warm tropical origin, it does not resist frost. The temperature should not drop below 10ºC.

What did you think of the Tiaré flower? Have you heard of her?


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