The Q&A Archives: Frozen Gardenia And Azalea

Question: During the month of January we were struck with an ice storm. The leaves on my gardenia and some of the azaleas froze and have now turned brown. What should i do to get these plants back in shape. The leaves are still soft so i don't belive the plant has died, plus the leaves are still green near the bottom of the plant.

Answer: Sometimes Jack Frost makes a sudden and most unwelcome visit to our gardens! If your plants were otherwise healthy, they'll survive and outgrow the damage. Cut back the injured portions of the plants, cutting back to healthy wood. You can expect new stems and foliage to develop this spring. Because azalea is an early spring bloomer, you may lose some of the flowers this year from the necessary pruning, but the plant itself should rebound without problem. Likewise with the gardenia. Hope there's no more frost this year!

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