Although we have already posted some information on Gardenia actinocarpa there is a follow-up story……………..
We have two plants growing in tubs on our verandah, so that we can maximize our enjoyment of their delightfully intense perfume. The two verandah plants both produce only female flowers. Both our plants continually set seed which surprised us as they are the only Gardenia actinocarpa growing on the property. So where did the male pollen grains come from? At first we thought that perhaps the seed would be infertile. However, we were able to germinate a few seed and we grew a couple of very healthy, sturdy plants that eventually flowered themselves – beautiful white flowers which have a lovely perfume, not quite as intense as the female parent but the flowers are dramatically larger with a 90mm diameter when fully opened.