How to Manage Gardenia Winter Cold Damage

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Unexpected bad weather or long periods of low temperatures can cause cold damage to outdoor gardenias. Will your flowering shrub survive? This guide tells how to assess the damage, when to prune, and how long to wait for new growth before giving up on your plant. It includes ways to prevent frost damage, too.

How to Overwinter Gardenia Shrubs Indoors

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When you garden in an area where gardenia shrubs are not cold hardy, you can keep them alive and flowering year-round by overwintering them indoors. This guide explains how to protect gardenias from frost, when to move them inside ahead of freezing temperatures, and how to care for them indoors during the cold months.

How to Grow and Care for Gardenias

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Prized for their fragrant white flowers, gardenias grown outdoors need extra attention but will respond with multitudes of blooms and a spicy scent. Our guide explains how to grow traditional types and newer cold-hardy hybrids. Start with healthy plants and water, fertilize, and prune your way to a bonanza of blooms.