White tpped gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

Whitewater, Ca
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Question by ptgeldorado
November 29, 2010
About a month ago I planted a whole row of gardenias & they seemed to be doing well, one is even blooming. Recently we had a cold spell (high 30's at night, 60's during the day) Several of the plants have white tips on the leaves is this the cold or mites and what should I do?

Answer from NGA
November 29, 2010
What you describe sounds more like frost damage than spidermites. Spidermites attack the entire leaf, not just the tips of the leaves. I'd wait until all danger of frost has passed and then prune away the winter damage. Early spring is a good time to prune. Best wishes with your gardenias!

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