When is the best time to prune gardenias?

We have about 40 gardenias, some Augusta, some Prof. Pucci, and they have bloomed very well this season, but are starting to look a little 'leggy'. I read somewhere that gardenias bloom best on new growth. I want to keep the bushes looking lush. I have been feeding them Dr. Harry's Gardenia food, September, December and March, but wonder what the best Yates product is that I can use instead? Thankyou for your assistance, David


09 January 2013 09:46 PM

Hi David,

Gardenias flower during the warmer months of the year (late spring to end of summer) so don't prune now as you will prune off the emerging buds. Wait until autumn when the flowering season is over before you prune them. The Yates products that would be suitable for gardenias, are Dynamic Lifter Plus Organic Based Flower Food, Yates Dynamic Lifter and Acticote for Roses & Flowering Shrubs. If you prefer to use a soluble fertiliser which needs to be applied on a weekly/fortnightly basis, the products we would recommend are Thrive Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser or Aquasol Soluble Plant Food.

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Topics: Flowers and Ornamentals Issues: Plants