Asked on Aug 31, 2012

how do I help my gardenia

360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Walter Reeves


Isaac came through here and besides stripping my crepe myrtles, it partially uprooted my tall gardenia I have had for 25 years. We have tried to upright it and tied it to one of the storm shutters. It appears to have been turned 90 degrees (having been laid over by the winds, from the north and south). its big and heavy and I want to know the best way to reroot it. So far it doesnt show signs of stress but its early. The ground of course is a muddy mess.
2 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Aug 31, 2012

    pulling it upright won't do much good unless you also excavate under the rootball so the roots and dirt fall into place. Get it upright in the manner and then loosely stake it so new anchor roots can grow. May take 2 years to get good strong ones.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Aug 31, 2012

    Walter will it help any to cut it back some to help stabilize the top and decrease the amount of foliage the roots have to support?

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