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Question: will my jasmine recover?

I bought a potted jasmine it had many flowers it was drying up I changed the vase with a bigger one but, now it is a week not showing signs of recovery. The long branches are around an iron brace, perhaps a little rusty. What can I do?


Answer: cultivate ilg elsomino

Dear Fabrizia,

I believe you have purchased a jasmine of the genus jasminum, which are commonly grown in pots in most of Italy, as they fear a little the winter cold and the most intense frosts. It is an evergreen creeper, originating in Asia, Australia and the Mediterranean area.

Although it is a fairly delicate plant, as regards the winter minimums, for the rest it is a vigorous and quite "accommodating" climber, which tends to adapt to the conditions of the place where it is grown. There are few things he fears, but in general, especially in the case of jasmine grown in pots, he requires a little forethought with regard to watering: he prefers regular watering, but also tolerates drought well; therefore it is watered only when the soil is very dry, to avoid the onset of rot of any kind.

If left excessively dry, a jasmine will tend to dry on the tips of the branches; if always left in a moist or wet soil, the roots will begin to suffocate, and rot will quickly develop, which can lead to the death of the whole plant. These plants love sunny positions, so often watering in summer is not a problem, as even a large pot, if exposed to full sun for many hours a day, certainly tends to dry out quickly enough.

These plants are evergreens, and therefore need watering even in winter, when the night minimums are in any case higher than 5-8 ° C; those who work in the nursery know this well: one of the major causes of death of delicate plains, such as jasmine, bougainvillea, with lumps, is drought in cool periods. This occurs above all for the specimens that are grown in a cold greenhouse, or in the shelter of a terrace, where in addition to not being watered, they do not even receive water from atmospheric precipitations.

So, it could simply be that your jasmine did not receive watering in the period of greatest development; when a plant produces flowers it tends to use most of its energy to do it, if in this period it faces water stress, or nutritional deficiencies, the response is certainly rapid and tends to be quite serious. If the problems are due to lack of watering, it should recover quickly; if, on the other hand, the problem is due to excess watering, in addition to having to water it less, it is important to provide a systemic fungicide, in order to try to heal the parts of the plant that are rotting.

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