Pruning Gardenia - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by lovetodance1
September 19, 2009
How to prune a gardenia.


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Answer from NGA
September 19, 2009

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It is best to prune your gardenia shrub right after the blooms have faded in the summer. Gardenias will set their flower buds for the next year in the fall. So pruning in the summer will allow you to cut back some of the older wood without risking cutting away newly set buds.

Most varieties of Gardenia only bloom once a year, though breeders have developed a few varieties that can bloom more than once a year. Before pruning your gardenia, make sure to check that the variety that you own only blooms once or has completed its blooming cycle if it does bloom more than once.

While it may be difficult for you to think about cutting away a little bit of such a luscious plant, the fact of the matter is that your gardenia will be much less likely to turn into an unruly beast is you give it a regular pruning.

Because pruning is not essential to the health of your gardenia, it does not have to be done every year. Pruning a gardenia every other year or so will be enough to keep its size manageable. You only need to prune enough to help your gardenia keep its appropriate size and shape.

Make sure that your use sharp shears when pruning your gardenia, as this will help to prevent jagged cuts which can lead to disease in your gardenia shrub.

There are many different theories about what kind of wood on a gardenia should be pruned. But for the most part, the experts agree that it is okay to prune both green and brown wood on most varieties of gardenia. Most varieties of gardenia set buds on both the green and brown wood and therefore will set blooms regardless of where you prune the bush.

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