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Mar 4, 2018 1:39 AM CST
Hello. I had a very nice gardenia. It's in my balcony and loved the place. But it had too many long and thin branches. 1 month ago, i decided Crying to cut all these branches, thinking that i'll make it stronger and nicer. Please tell me if I killed the plant Sad ???? Thank you!
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Name: greene
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Mar 4, 2018 6:59 AM CST
Quite possibly doomed. There are zero leaves left to perform photosynthesis.
Hope someone comes along with a more positive answer for you.
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Mar 4, 2018 11:46 AM CST
Thanks for you answer greene, that's what i read after cutting *Blush* I hope someone will give me an advice how to make it flower again....
Name: Will Creed
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Mar 4, 2018 4:09 PM CST
If the roots are healthy, then it will produce healthy new growth at the ends of each pruned stem.

My concern is the way that it was repotted. The pot is very large and the soil looks very dense and lacking in porosity. That is a recipe for root suffocation and may be the reason it was losing leaves before you pruned it. Unless that situation is remedied, you are likely to lose the plant regardless of the pruning.
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Mar 5, 2018 3:06 AM CST
Thank you for your message WillC! What should i do now?? What do u advice? The plant used to give plenty of flowers in this pot. I didn't change the pot but i added more soil because the roots were going out of it.
Thank you!
Name: Will Creed
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Mar 5, 2018 1:10 PM CST
My advice is to remove any soil that you added; certainly, any that you added on top of the original rootball.

Gardenias like cool temps with lots of very bright, but mostly indirect sunlight. In general, it should be watered thoroughly (until some water trickles through the drain holes), as soon as the surface of the rootball feels almost but not quite dry.

How well yours responds depends on the condition of the roots.
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Mar 10, 2018 6:33 AM CST
Do you know what kind of Gardenia it is? The kind of Gardenia that grows in the landscape in this area can survive being frozen but temps for half of the year are excessively hot, and that is when Gardenias bloom in profusion, with sporadic blooms at other times. Specimens that are not in the sun all day are gangly, loose, not stiffly upright, and have a lot fewer blooms.
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Do you have a pic of it before the trim? If you ever have occasion to trim a Gardenia in the future, don't throw the trimmings away. They can take root (if healthy,) & make more Gardenias.
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May 12, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Hello all! How are you? Look at my gardenia! After 2 long months, it began to give new leaves... and now it's beautiful! Thank you all for your reply 😘😘
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