pruning gardenias for shape - Knowledgebase Question

Richwood, TX
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Question by cmiles16
May 18, 2007
Can you prune gardenias to fit between two windows for example?


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Answer from NGA
May 18, 2007
Curtiss,

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!

Yes you can prune gardenias to shape as long as you are not forcing them into a size less than about 50% of what the plant would otherwise be. Excessive pruning can reduce bloom especially in the pruned sections of the plant.

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

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