Newbie needs Confederate Jasmine help!
First off, let me confess that I *stink* at gardening, so I'm not at all surprised that I'm having trouble. (Glad I got that off my chest!)
Okay, so I got these two Confederate Jasmine plants at my local big-box hardware store in May or June. I don't know what gallon container they came in, but they were about 3-4 feet tall. My mother - who is less of a plantkiller than I am - re-potted them for me into gigantic pots. They went in front of trellises on either side of my front door. Western exposure, about 6-7 hours of full HOT sun per day. They both dropped all their blooms right away, but other than that they seemed okay. Now the one on the right is growing like gangbusters, seems super-healthy with nice green shiny leaves and tons and tons of new growth. It has already grown all the way up the trellis and arches beautifully above the door. Still no blossoms, which is a bummer, but it seems to be doing really well other than that.
Now the plant on the left is a totally different story. Very slow growth, and it drops its leaves like crazy. It's had trouble with aphids (at least I think that's what they are?), but I spray it with soapy water to try and take care of them. It's bushy with large, dark green leaves at the bottom, but the new growth up top is flimsier than on the other plant, and the baby leaves seem more sensitive to the hot sun, as they turn reddish and fall off before they get very big. So there are teeny baby leaves at the tips of the new growth, then basically long sticks until it gets down to the bottom growth. The plan was to have the two meet in the middle, above the front door, but I'm afraid to have the healthy plant even touch the sicklier one for fear of it catching weak-plant-cooties.
Should I pull the sickly plant off the trellis and replace it with a new one? Is it too late in the season to do that? Should I keep the two plants apart, sit back and wait and see how they do through the winter? I've really treated both plants the same, they get water at the same time and all. (The pots have drainage holes ... just trying to think of any info that might be pertinent!) I tossed a little Miracle Gro for flowering plants in the pots about a month ago in hopes of getting the blossoms to come back, but that was all I've done as far as feeding them.
I just want to know if I should give up on the poor plant on the left and put it out to pasture in the back yard and start over with a new one. Since I don't know what I did wrong though, I'm hesitant to subject another innocent plant to my poor gardening!