Frost Damaged Gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

Cordova, TN
Question by callen18
April 16, 2001
My gardenias were damaged by frost and have no leaves. However, the plant still
has green wood and is pliable. Should I cut them back now/how much?
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Answer from NGA
April 16, 2001

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If damage is evident, cut back the tips of the stems until you reach live wood. New shoots will develop wherever you cut. Or, if the branches do not appear to be damaged, don't prune at all - just wait for the plant to produce new leaf buds. Your plant may surprise you and come through the frost damage without any action on your part. Good luck with your gardenia!

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