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Question: I finally got 2 blooms from my gardenia and I have another one starting. I read that cutting back the greenery will encurage bloms. Is this true? I have lots of green leaves and it seems very healthy.Also it seems to be pot bound. would it hurt to repot it? Any tips to make it bloom would be appreciated.THANKS

Answer: I'm glad you finally got your gardenia to bloom! Gardenias bloom on new growth and pruning can encourage new growth so what you've read is correct. However, for buds to form the growing conditions have to be almost perfect so there's no guarantee that pruning your plant will make it bloom more. For flower buds to form and thrive, night temperatures need to be between 60-65F. During the day, temperatures should be 70-75F. A very constant, even temperature is required or flower buds will drop. You can repot your gardenia but I'd suggest waiting until it is no longer blooming. Transplanting can sometimes stress a plant and stressed plants do not flower well. So wait until you see no more flowers and no new flower buds forming. At that time prune your gardenia back and repot it. Best wishes with your gardenia!

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