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Our gardenia bushes received winter kill

Zone Virginia 24015 | petepeg added on March 11, 2014 | Answered

Our gardenia bushes received winter kill. About 6 plants all healthy in January. Now all 80 to 90% have brown leaves. One plant is 25% okay. How severely can I prune? Should I wait to see if new growth appears then just remove the brown leaves? If I prune brown leaves, will plant come back?

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Heather
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Answered on March 15, 2014

I would wait to see what regrows. The leaves may be dead, but the branches may still be viable. Dead branches will be brittle and live branches will be pliable.

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