Best Time for Pruning Gardenias

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Pruning gardenias is best done after the flowers bloom each year in the late summer or fall, when cutting live and dead branches builds a strong shrub. Grow beautiful gardenias by pruning at the right time each year with tips from an expert gardener in this free video on caring for trees and plants.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about the best time to prune your gardenias. Now gardenias are a beautiful shrub, they have gorgeous green leaves that are very shiny and beautiful white flowers that look like little roses and smell so incredibly good. And they come as a mother's day present lots of times. And they are just gorgeous, gorgeous plant. And they live really well outside in warmer climates but in colder climates you have to bring them inside in the winter. So you can always keep them in a pot and throw them outside and bring them inside for the winter, if you live in a colder climate. Or you can leave them outside year long in a warmer climate. Now the best time to prune your gardenia is right after it's done blooming. In the late summer to early fall. So I found so whenever the blooms are done and they are faded off and that they are not blooming anymore for that year. That's the best time to prune them. And when you prune them it's ok to prune back all the dead branches but you can prune back some of the live branches as well. And so the goal is to instead of letting them grow like a Medusa and just be wild all over, the goal is to have your gardenia grow in a perfect circle. So by just trimming it back after they are done blooming, just trim back branch and all but not more then one third of the whole plant at one time. You never want to cut more then one third of the plant at one time. So you cut it back just one third all the way around and just bring it in, and I like to cut it where two leaves meet and so that there's always leaves, never cut all the way to the ground and that way it will grow lush and fill in for the next year and you'll have lots and lots of gardenia blooms.

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