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Confederate Jasmine With Leaves Turning Brown?

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I have Confederate Jasmine on my fence. It has brown spots on it and the leaves are turning brown and falling off. Can you help?

Hardiness Zone: 10b

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Thanks you,
Jaclyn from Tampa FL

Answer:

Jaclyn,

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.

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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.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
January 26, 20070 found this helpful
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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.

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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.

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