Cutting back hit by frost - Knowledgebase Question

Murrells Inlet, So
Question by Susiet05
February 18, 2011
(1) Do you cut back azalea plants? If so how far?
(2) Our Oleander bushes were it by the frost-do we cut those back-how much?
(3) I would like to plant gardinia plants around-suggestions on types and were to plant them. Sun/shade?

Answer from NGA
February 18, 2011


You can prune azalea plants by cutting them back by several inches each year, or by reducing the height and width by up to one third of the current size. Wait until after your azalea has finished blooming to do your pruning. If you prune it back now you'll sacrifice this spring's floral display.

Oleanders will take any amount of pruning so cut yours back as far as necessary to remove the winter damaged leaves, stems and branches. If you wait until you see new growth this spring you'll be able to tell which parts of the oleander survived the cold weather and which parts are dead and should be removed.

Gardenias are beautiful shrubs! I think every garden should have at least one. They require rich, moist soil so be sure sure to amend the planting area prior to planting your gardenia. They grow best in morning sun and afternoon shade, although some varieties will tolerate afternoon sun. Read the label on the plants you choose and give them the exposure to sun or shade as listed on the label. Some of the best varieties for your growing region include the following:
August Beauty? grows 4 to 6 feet high and blooms heavily from midspring to fall.
?Chuck Hayes? is an extra hardy type to 4 feet high with double flowers in summer.
?First Love? is larger than ?August Beauty? with large flowers in spring.
?Golden Magic? reaches 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, and has golden yellow flowers.
?Kleim?s Hardy? is hardy to 10

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