Gardenia Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Parkesburg, PA
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Question by evansmar0
March 13, 1999
My gardenia is getting leggy. How and when can I prune it back, if at all. I know how tempermental they can be.

Answer from NGA
March 13, 1999
Prune it back after it blooms in the spring to summer. Cut the leggy shoots back to just within the rest of the shrub canopy. This will give it time to regrow shoots and set buds for next season's blooms.

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