Jasmine problems

Jasmine problems

Question: A jasmine in trouble


I have a very old white jasmine (about thirty years old). In the middle of last October, all the leaves suddenly dried up. It is true that he probably suffered from the lack of water and also from the fact that October was unusually hot, but such a thing seems very strange to me, also because in the past years the jasmine remained

green and continued to bloom until December. How do I know if the jasmine is still alive and if it is appropriate to prune it, that is, cut off all the leaves and dead branches?

Thanks, Gaetano

Jasmine Problems: Answer: A jasmine in trouble

Dear Gaetano,

there are many reasons that may have determined the sudden wilting of the leaves. The most likely is the one you yourself mentioned, namely the lack of water associated with the exceptional temperatures recorded in October. If this were the cause, there should be no problems, in the sense that the plant should start growing again in spring. We therefore recommend that you wait for the vegetative period to check which parts have dried up and then eliminate them.

However, other factors may have caused it (for example parasites or cryptogamic diseases) but it is not possible to diagnose them on the basis of the little information provided. We therefore invite you to send us a photo of the plant with more information (Where do you write to us? Are there any pets, e.g. cats, that may have urinated on the plant? Have you fertilized the plant recently? Have you noticed the presence of parasites or of mold? Did the leaves remain yellow and stuck or did they fall off? Did black or brown spots appear on the leaf?).

Let us know.

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