Plant Care Cape Gardenia

Cape Gardenia

Also known as

Gardenia rothmannia, Genipa rothmannia and Randia bellatula


Rothmannia capensis

How to care for Cape Gardenia

💦 Water

How often to water your Cape Gardenia

Water needs for Cape Gardenia
0.5 cups
every 9

Cape Gardenia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Cape Gardenia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cape Gardenia: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cape Gardenia may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cape Gardenia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cape Gardenia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cape Gardenia: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cape Gardenia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Cape Gardenia

Cape Gardenia

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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