sick looking Gardenias!

hollycamplinMarch 10, 2014

Help! I am a novice gardener, but bought a house two years ago with lovely shrubs already established. We trimmed our overgrown gardenias last summer after they bloomed and this winter they have begun to turn black and look awful! Did we over prune? or is this a result of a harsh winter?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

how cold did it get.. for how long [your county extension office might know offhand... call them]

research weather underground if you dont know off hand ...

show us some pix of the buds.. if you wish further info


    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 4:48PM
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jujujojo_gw(6b 7a)

The picture shows cold damage.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:49PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

It was a very rough winter on gardenias in the mid-Atlantic! Even the so-called 'hardy' ones really got nailed this winter.

Don't know where you live exactly or what zone you are in. But if you are in zone 7, it was likely the winter cold.

Also, try to avoid trimming late in summer as new growth is more tender.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 8:16AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

just leave it alone.. and let it do its own thing ...

never fertilize a stressed plant.. and this one is stressed ... [its always the next question]

give it a month or two ... and lets see what happens ...

the future is in the buds... they are either:

dead.. of which i doubt every single bud could be ... so it will bud out.. one way or another ...

or they will flush out properly..

eventually.. the damaged leaves will fall off.. most likely.. when the real heat of summer hits ...

come late summer... we can decide what if any parts are dead.. and prune those back to live wood ...

or.. get rid of them.. because they are so ugly.. you cant stand them.. what i call.. putting them out of MY misery ... but thats a long way off ...

so for now.. observe ... lets try not to love it to death ...


    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 8:33AM
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