I just uncovered my gardenia plant after a long winter. The leaves are bone dry. Should I prune it back or let it warm up first? I live in NJ. This is a new plant for me. I purchased it last year.
Most Gardenia are only cold hardy to Zone 8, with some cultivated plants available for down to Zone 6b and 7.
Last winter was very cold with below normal temperatures reported across the United States. Your plant very well may not have survived this winter, but I always give plants a chance. Check to see if limbs can be bent or snap off. Trim away any dead material, and watch and wait.