Posted by David on January 12, 2003 at 07:20:52:
In Reply to: Pruning Gardenias posted by Barbara on January 04, 2003 at 11:18:31:
the reason your gardenia branches are weak is because they were able to rely on the bamboo and ties to keep them upright. Now that you have cut them away the branches will start to harden up on their own BUT it's current branches will never straighten up. All new growth that comes off the weeping branches will be fine. So if you do not want the odd shape to stay I would suggest pruning in the spring when you know it will be actively growing. This will give it all year to produce new growth. You might not have any blooms for about 6-8 months but it will be worth it in the end. Give it a good dose of fertilizer when you prune to help encourage more new growth.