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Question by patricia_mon
May 9, 2007
How do i go about maintaining a gardenia bush and when is the best time to prune and shape it ?

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2007

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Prune it lightly if needed after it's spring to early summer bloom. Another very light shaping in late winter is fine if the plant really needs it. Otherwise just let it grow. Keep the soil moist and fertilize in spring and early summer with a plant food for acid loving plants such as azalea/camellia food following label instructions.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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