The Q&A Archives: Care of Double-Flowering Cape Jasmine

Question: Last year I purchased two Cape Jasmine plants from our local nursery. I planted both in August 2005 in a new raised planter I constructed. I think I may have overwatered the plants because instead of shiny deep green leaves, my plants are leggy and have yellow leaves with brownish tips.I haven't dug them up yet still hoping for a miracle. Could it be that I just planted them late in Summer, at the end of their growing season? It's now February. Have I killed these plants by overwatering or will they bounce back? The area that they live in is shady in the early mornings and receives full sun in the afternoons.

Thank you,


Answer: I wouldn't dig the shrubs up just yet - there still may be hope. Cape Jasmine likes an acidic, moist but well drained soil that's high in organic matter. The yellowing leaves and brown leaf tips could indicate over-watering but they might also indicate soil that's too alkaline and low in organic matter. Wait until the weather warms a bit and new growth appears. If it has the same yellowish cast, you can dig the plants up, recondition the soil by adding peat moss and compost to lower the pH and facilitate good drainage, then replant. Hope this helps!

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