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My confederate jasmine has turned brown in the Atlanta ice storm. Is it dead, or will it releaf? It's 5 years old and well established.
Leave it in place, water as normal, and wait until Easter or so. If there is no sign of green by Easter, clip off part of one branch and look at the cut ends. If there is green inside, you might still save it; if it's all brown and dry and hard, it may very well be gone beyond help. Good luck!
Hardiness Zone: 10b
Jaclyn from Tampa FL
I can't be certain without seeing it, but the symptoms you're describing sound like flower blight, a fungal disease that commonly afflicts jasmine after spells of warm, moist weather. Symptoms include flowers with dark spots that rapidly join to form blotches and eventually turn brown and collapse. The spores of this fungus over-winter in the soil. Good sanitation practices and providing the proper growing requirements will go along way to help control this disease. Pick off infected flowers to keep the fungus from forming spores and remove any fallen plant debris. Mulch around the base of plants to prevent soil-laden spores from spreading when water splashes onto plants. Make sure jasmine plants have adequate air circulation and avoid planting them in low-lying areas.
Southern blight is another kind of fungal disease that afflicts Jasmine. This is more often seen in young plants with bark that has not yet fully developed. The plant suddenly wilts and dies and for this type of blight, there is no cure.
One of ours was cut back too closely and we lost it all. Another of ours was too near to the driveway and received an unhealthy dose of Radiator fluids, but after the browning, it actually came back! It grows quite large, so trying to keep it too small can be disagreeable to it.
Don't spray it for pests. Mine has never had a one in over fifteen years. Don't plant near a pool, the Chlorine kills it. Don't over or under water it. It's fairly independent and likes moderate water in moderately rich soil.
Be certain to give it something strong to climb on! Don't over fertilize it. I never put anything at all on mine.
Good luck, and hope this helps you to figure it out. It's a great plant, requiring little care and pruning, but it takes up a LOT of room, so beware but enjoy the blooms.
I have two confederate jasmine plants (separate locations), the leaves are turning red/yellow/brown and then falling off. The plants are eight to ten years old. The ground is not wet. What can I put on these plants to help them?
By Darrell B.