Pruning well established Gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

Port St Lucie, Fl
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Question by nadeauj
September 11, 2010
What is the best time to prune Gardenias. Please specify with buds or no buds.

Answer from NGA
September 11, 2010
Gardenias tend to bloom on and off all year around so you cannot always find a time when they are not developing flower buds - but that's the best time to prune them back. If you need to prune while they are in bud, you'll lose that round of flowers, but since gardenias flower on new growth, and pruning encourages new growth, you will simply delay flowering for a few weeks if you prune when there are buds on the stems. I'd go ahead and prune your gardenias back now. They should start blooming in about 3 weeks.

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