my love - Knowledgebase Question

portcharlotte, Fl
Question by delcinabyrd
February 26, 2011
now the cold has pass my gardenia has very few leaves at the top of the branches should i start to prune them now, also when can i fertilize them.

Answer from NGA
February 26, 2011


If other things in your garden are showing signs of new growth but your gardenia is not, it may be time to prune it back. I like to wait until new growth appears so I don't accidentally cut off any live branches but gardenias are really frost sensitive and it's likely yours froze down by 6 or more inches. I think I'd prune that much off and wait to see how it reacts. If it sends out new growth just below the cuts, it will recover. If the new growth comes from lower down on the plant you can always cut off the dead parts of the plant. Hold off on feeding until your plant shows signs of new growth. That's when it will use the nutrients you supply with your fertilizer. Best wishes with your gardenia.

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