Re: Gardenia Bush Thinning

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Posted by Mike G on May 20, 2003 at 23:03:01:

In Reply to: Gardenia Bush Thinning posted by Lori Phillips on May 09, 2003 at 21:23:51:

: We moved into our home 4 years ago and had a Gardenia bush in the front, this was BEAUTIFUL for the past 3 summers, this summer it strated thinning and looks stringy, I have SEVERAL blooms, which is not my problem, but it is real thin. Should I trim/prune this bush back? If so, when and how much, right now it is roughly 10 feet wide and 6 feet tall and has over 100 blooms but is vary thin. Please help!!

"Ornamental trees are in general best pruned from mid-to-late summer. The wounds then heal quickly and attacks by fungi or bacteria are held at bay."

"Trees and shrubs that flower in early spring (redbud, dogwood, etc.) should be pruned immediately after flowering (flower buds arise the year before they flush, and will form on the new growth)."

Pruning Guidelines
To encourage the development of a strong, healthy tree, consider the following guidelines when pruning.

Prune first for safety, next for health, and finally for aesthetics.
Never prune trees that are touching or near utility lines; instead consult your local utility company.
Avoid pruning trees when you might increase susceptibility to important pests (e.g. in areas where oak wilt exists, avoid pruning oaks in the spring and early summer; prune trees susceptible to fireblight only during the dormant season).
Use the following decision guide for size of branches to be removed:
1. under 5 cm diameter - go ahead,
2. between 5 and 10 cm diameter - think twice, and
3. greater than 10 cm diameter - have a good reason.

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