When to prune gardenias?

When is the best time to prune the big, bushy gardenias and how much can safely be cut off?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Most gardenias bloom just once per year. If yours is one of these, prune it just after it finishes its bloom cycle. Avoid pruning late in summer or fall because that will remove blooms for next year.

They generally need only minimal shaping. The less you remove, the stronger the bloom next year. However, if the shrub must be cut back severely, it will resprout OK. You'll just get less bloom next year with a severe cutback.


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