Pruning Daisy Gardenias frost damage

Kathy BochonkoApril 23, 2007

I have a ton of Daisy Gardenias that look awful after the frost. Odd since I hadn't really noticed much new growth prior to the freeze and normally they look great all winter. They are all brown and black and crispy about 2/3 of the way down most branches. Do I need to wait for new growth of branches or will those branches get new leaves? Should I just try and knock off the crispy leaves or would I be best to cut them back? If I cut them back to green growth they will only be 6-8 inches tall. One particular grouping is front and center to my front island bed and I was going to plant some annuals in front of them and don't want the dead leaves falling all over the annuals so I don't want to just wait and see what they do.

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I would think that if they are going to come back (along the frost bitten part) you'd see some indication now.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2007 at 11:20AM
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buford(7 NE GA)

My mini gardenias look deader and deader every day. I really don't know what happened. They survive much lower temps in the winter.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2007 at 8:29PM
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efam(z7b GA)

Whew! I'm relieved to find out I'm not the only one with horrible looking gardenias. I've already pulled one out of the ground. I'm praying for a miracle with the other two. They were so pretty last they have black stems and barely any leaves.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2007 at 8:38AM
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Twinkle(7 GA)

My gardenia radicans (the small ones) look terrbile and may not make it. However, my August Beauty gardenias are looking good!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2007 at 8:56AM
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buford(7 NE GA)

I have been ignoring my mini gardenias, but did see a glimpse of bright green among the black and brown mess. I'll give it another week and if there is still green showing, I'll clip off the dead stuff and leave it in the ground.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2007 at 7:00PM
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how do I know parts are really dead? I have 3 of the dwarf variety (I planted them last year). There are bright green leaves on the edges but the centers are brown and woody with crunchy leaves and the whole plant seems to be growing flat along the ground instead of mounding. I cut some of the brown stuff off and found green in the wood, so I think I'm just going to leave them alone for a while and see what happens.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 6:24PM
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