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Old 04-04-2014, 01:53 PM
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Winter burn on garndinias

I am seeing a lot of gardenias that look like this. Some are new installed plants 1-2 years old and some are very established plants. I've seen this in various locations. I've had a few customers ask about theirs.

We had a pretty cold winter, a few snow/ice storms, and a few nights that's reached single digits. It's stayed wet and things are finally starting to change.

Is this winter burn? I've fertilized the shrubs shown about 1-2 weeks ago with 10-10-10. I haven't notice any new growth but temps are finally in the 70/80s this week.

What can or should be done?
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:55 PM
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:13 AM
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We have a few like that. Gardenias are very susceptible to frost. That's why someone made new versions that are frost free. The one pictured doesn't look too bad off and will probably come back. We had a few that needed replacement.
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Edit: Realized I didn't answer your question. Trim the brown leaves off. Some plants will be almost bare but will recover within 4-6 weeks. If not, they need to be replaced. Some fertilizer after the frosts are done will speed this up.
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