Pink Jasmine leaves and stems turning brown

anchita(Bay area, CA)August 8, 2006

I had bought a Pink Jasmine in a gallon container earlier this year from Home Depot. I had separated the two intertwined vines (with separate base stems but somewhat tangled roots) of the store bought plant and transplanted each of them into separate clay pots. Both the vines did okay at first, though they lost their blooms and buds soon after transplanting. Since then, they've never thrived but have survived. In the last two or three weeks though, even their main stems have started to turn brown along with their leaves. Initially I had removed the parts that were turning brown, but now I'm afraid I might lose the entire plants if I continue to do so.

The pots are placed on a patio which gets sun in the morning, then shade in early afternoon, and again some sun in late afternoon. I've been watering them every other day or so, when the soil appears to be dry about two inches down.

Can anyone suggest what the problem might be? Any tips for saving the plants will be highly appreciated!

Thank you,


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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

It could be that when you separated the 2 plants, you lost alot of the root system of each and thus the plants are compensating by aborting some of the existing growth. Meanwhile, they're both probably growing brand new roots (ie., often when nothing is happening on top, something is happen underground). I think patience is in order and hopefully some new growth will sprout soon.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 8:38AM
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anchita(Bay area, CA)

Thanks, jenny_in_se_pa. I will try and be patient and hopefully with some cooler weather in fall, things might improve. It's just that the gradual decline of the vine in the past 3-4 months has made me nervous...

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 6:41PM
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stressbaby(z6 MO)

Check carefully for mealybugs under those little "wings" at the bases of the petioles. Mealies like this plant.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2006 at 11:47AM
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They could also be going dormant in your area.For my area9S.Calif) mine bloom more in the first part of the year.Here's a picture of mine in full bloom.Not a very good picture,but you get the idea.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2006 at 10:32PM
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anchita(Bay area, CA)

No bugs to be seen, stressbaby. I'll keep an eye out for them though, just in case.

Kathi, that's BEAUTIFUL!!

It seems to be too warm here for them to be going dormant... unless they're stressed by these high temperatures!

I guess I'll just keep them a little shaded and watered while I keep my fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 1:55AM
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mine is on the west side of my house,so get only late afternoon sun.We did have some on the south side of the house,but they didn't do as well.Seemed too hot for them.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 5:59PM
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