The Q&A Archives: Is my Pink Jasmine dead or alive?

Question: I bought and planted pink jasmine last year and the vine did great in growth. This year it has not come back though. I noticed in reading that the vine is evergreen however mine turned a yellowish brown which I thought it was just going dormant for winter however it has not come back except for 2 new small vines at the base of the root. Is the Jasmine mostly dead? Will it come back to the areas that it is yellow? Will I have to regrow the vine every year? I need to know if I should return it and exchange it.

Answer: If you're seeing new growth from the roots, your plant is still alive. Prune away all of the dead vines, plus those with yellow leaves. In your region the plant should be evergreen, or at the very least semi-evergreen. This means that it should retain most of its leaves during the winter months. Pink jasmine grows fast so even if you cut it down to ground level each year it should be able to cover a trellis by the end of summer. The symptoms you describe could have been due to winter stress or transplant stress. Just cut away the unattractive old growth to make room for the healthy new growth.


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