Dianne
Dianne
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Asked on Jun 17, 2013

Gardenia

Jackie TFaith VaughnRonnie Pennington
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my Gardenia is so tall ( almost to the top of house) & the limbs are so heavy...can I cut it back & when is best time to do it?
q gardenia, gardening
11 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 17, 2013

    I am guessing you have an August Beauty Gardenia if it is that tall. I would allow it to bloom, then after the blooms are spent go ahead and whack it back. What does the bottom part look like? Is it bare?

  • Dianne
    on Jun 17, 2013

    pretty much bare...all branches are so long. I posted a photo...don not know what happened...will try again...Thanks

  • Yair Spolter
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Hi Dianne, I added the photo to the post for you.

  • Dianne
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Thanks Yair S.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Wow that is BIG! There is a couple of ways you can go about this. The first is to give it a radical cut at about 3 ft and see if anything comes back (chance of losing the entire shrub). Or you can cut it about 3 ft down from the top of the plant, then in a year or so do it again at about 1/2 the plant height. You could also do some selective branch pruning, taking off only the ones that are falling over, but you might end up with a lopsided bush. Tough decision there.

  • Joetta Burton
    on Jun 19, 2013

    I have the same bush problem. I haven't trimmed it back in 25 years. ? I didn't know that I should trim it back. The leaves and flowers are both smaller for the last several years. How do I treat this problem??

  • Luis
    on Jun 19, 2013

    Wait till the plant stops blooming by the way it looks right now probably never it is a beauty

  • Sharon Romine
    on Jun 19, 2013

    I have three like this in my yard. I usually do trim after it quits blooming, but not every year. I love them and they could never get too big for me.

  • Ronnie Pennington
    on Jun 19, 2013

    Trim only by 1/3 each year after it stops blooming, until it is the size you want it. Should not cut any plant back by more than 1/3.

  • Faith Vaughn
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Gee. Wish I had your problem. Love gardenias! Unfortunately, not an option in hot Iowa.

  • Jackie T
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Thanks for posting your question ... my neighbor has one and I'm jealous! She's a Sweetie, she gives me weekly blooms. I'm saving the tips on how to trim it when I finally get my own. Enjoy.

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