Has my gardenia dried out from lack of water?

What has happened to my gardenia? It is in a protected spot but hasn't had much water in last few weeks. I'm assuming it has dried out. If I cut it back by a third will that help regenerate? Thank you

yates

17 September 2021 04:38 PM

Yes, the plant does look water deprived. We don't recommend pruning it just yet, as this may exacerbate water loss. Just give the plant a water and a feed, then when it revives, you can prune it back to improve the aesthetics. General rule is to remove no more than a third of plant material. Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food is an ideal fertiliser for gardenias and most other flowering plants.

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