30 year old Gardenia - Knowledgebase Question

Inglis, Fl
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Question by amazingh20
September 21, 2009
I have a Gardenia planted in my yard that actually belonged to my Grandmother. When she passed, my Mother wanted the plant. It is probably 30 years old. It still lives, but it never grows and never blooms. It is planted in full sun on the south side of the house and not really protected in anyway from the elements. What can I do to get it to grow and bloom?

Answer from NGA
September 21, 2009
Gardenias bloom on new growth so you can encourage flowering and new growth with some light pruning. With an old plant, you don't want to take off too much until you see how your plant reacts to a light haircut. I'd remove 2-3 inches of growth from a hidden area and watch to see how your gardenia reacts. You should see new growth within a few weeks. If it responds favorably, give it a light trimming all over. Best wishes with your gardenia!

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