The Q&A Archives: Arabian Jasmine plant

Question: I have tried to use the safer product on my arabian jasmine plant ... but with no luck. It appears that the plant is dying ... what else can I do to try to salvage my plant? As the leaves look all dry and wilted ... am I still able to save it? Please help ... thank you ... here is a copy of my earlier question to you last week ...
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Hi ... I bought this arabian jasmine plant about a week ago ... and
unknowingly ... the plant already had tons of spider mites on it ... I
am trying my best to save the plant ... but I think it's too late. I
have been using safer on it ... I spent so much money on that plant ...
it's very disappointing to buy a such a poor plant from that nursery.
Should I complain to the nursery that I had bought it from ... as I
noticed the spider mites as soon as I got it home ... i just thoought it
was only a few of them .. not all over the plant. What should I do? I
hate to throw it away ... thank you for your time ...

Your answer:

Spider mites can sometimes be controlled by a twice a week washing with
a spray of tepid water. Or, an insecticidal soap such as you have been
using can be applied (and reapplied) per the label instructions. Be sure
to wash or spray all sides of the leaves and stems. Raising the humidity
level around the plant can also help. You might check back with your
retailer as well. I'm sorry you are having trouble with your plant.

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Answer: Plants are living things and take time to adapt. If the foliage was damaged by the spider mites it will dry up and drop off. Then you have to wait for it to recover and eventually grow new leaves. This can take time -- you might not see new growth for a few weeks. Keep the plant in a bright location and water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist (do not overwater, with fewer leaves it will be transpiring a bit less and need a bit less, also as it slows its growth for the season it will need less water). I would also suggest you check with your retailer where you purchased the plant and make sure the problem really was spider mites and not something else such as over or underwatering, overfertilizing, or something like that. I'm sorry there is no instant cure.

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