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Help with Drooping Jasmine

Posted by Fun2BHere none (My Page) on
Sat, May 26, 12 at 18:15

Just in the last two days, the star jasmine that is espaliered against my wall has gotten all droopy. I'm a complete gardening novice and I don't know what to do. The gardener said that the ground seems appropriately watered. This plant has been growing in this location for many years with no problem. I don't see any nibbled leaves that might indicate a pest. Any help/links/suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I've added a Photobucket link to some pictures of it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jasmine Pictures

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RE: Help with Drooping Jasmine

What is the fertilizing routine?
Is composted manure ever applied around the roots and it is mulched?
Depleted soil could account for lack of vigor.

RE: Help with Drooping Jasmine

I notice my star jasmine leaves droopy from time to time, but never ends up dead. After I water it , the next day, it will look normal again. mine is in the pot, I always thoughtthis maybe something to do the temperature.

RE: Help with Drooping Jasmine

Butterfly4u, Fertilizing routine? Umm...none...maybe that's the problem. No mulch. Can I use a time release nitrogen fertilizer that's for house plants?

Olympia_Gardener, I had the gardener trim the plant back as it was quite heavy with blooms. That seems to have perked up the leaves. Maybe it was just too much foliage or maybe it needs fertilizer as Butterfly4u suggested.

Thank you both for your help.

RE: Help with Drooping Jasmine

I had the same experience as Olympia Gardener, one I grew in a pot would always go limp during the afternoon but after watering it would perk back up a few hours later. But I never notice the ones in the ground doing this (even in poorly-watered landscaping).

RE: Help with Drooping Jasmine

You had stated you had it for years, so I thought I would ask you waht you fed it.
I put composted manure in the soil every spring, then renew the mulch to help hold the moisture in when it starts to get hot.
You can add any plant food to the soil down by the roots, mix it in and water it. Then add a litle mulch around roots.
Then next spring do it again.
I have found Osmocote is really good.
Soil looses it's "good stuff" after years of having a plant "taking" from the soil. Replenishing the soil by adding compost is always good for the plant.
By the way, it's beautiful!

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