Question: A distressed jasmine
I have a very old white jasmine (about thirty years old). In the middle of last October all the leaves dried up suddenly. It is true that he probably suffered from the lack of water and also from the fact that October was unusually hot, but something like this seems very strange to me, also because in recent years the jasmine remained
green and continued to bloom until December. How do I know if the jasmine is still alive and if it is appropriate to prune it, ie cut all the leaves and dry branches?
Thank you, Gaetano
Jasmine Problems: Answer: A jasmine in distress
there are many reasons that may have led to the sudden withering of the leaves. The most likely is the one you mentioned yourself, namely the lack of water associated with the exceptional temperatures recorded in October. If this were the cause, there should be no problems, in the sense that the plant should start growing again in the spring. We therefore advise you to wait for the vegetative period to check which parts have dried out and then eliminate them.
However other factors may have caused it (for example parasites or cryptogamic diseases) but it is not possible to diagnose them on the basis of the little information provided to us. We therefore invite you to send us a photograph of the plant with more information (Where do you write from? Are there any pets, e.g. cats, who may have urinated on the plant? Did you fertilize the plant recently? Did you notice the presence of pests or of molds? Have the leaves remained yellow and attacked or have they fallen? Have black or brown specks formed on the leaf?).
Let us know.