Care and Feeding of Gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

sylmar, Ca
Question by malfamily4jc
November 22, 2007
What do I feed gardenias with? When? When do I prune them?

Answer from NGA
November 22, 2007


Gardenias like plenty of sunshine, but not searing heat. As for pruning them back, your Gardenias should be pinched back in late winter, and again in early spring. I wouldn't take too heavy a hand with the gardenia. I would lightly pinch it back, like an inch or two, and make sure you feed it regularly.

I feed mine every two weeks during the spring and summer with a half-strength dilution of an acidified liquide plant food. In the fall reduce feeding to once a month.

The combination of a light pruning with regular feeding will make it nice and bushy in no time.

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