The Q&A Archives: Stunted Arabic Jasmine

Question: Hi,
I bought an Arabic Jasmine plant (1 Gallon) last year.
And it hasn't grown a bit in the past year. In fact, it
is losing leaves. Can you give me some hints as to what
fertilizer, soil condition, watering schedules are needed
for such plants. Thank much.

Answer: Jasmine can be rather exacting in its cultural requirements. Jasmine likes bright, indirect light in summer. Perhaps yours is getting reflected heat from a wall? Preferred temperatures are around 70 in daytime to no less than 60 at night. It requires a good deal of humidity to grow and bloom well - frequent misting is a good idea. Keep soil evenly moist, without letting it dry out or get soggy. These extremes cause the buds to drop, and with a scent like jasmine, you don't want to lose a single one! As for fertilizer, you can apply a blooming houseplant food as directed on the label year round. Try moving your jasmine and adjusting the watering schedule. Hope it perks up!

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