The Q&A Archives: Care of Jasmine

Question: I have a Jasmine plant which is indoors and has been repotted. It is flowering, but the leaves are dropping. Am I overwatering or underwatering? No care card or tag came with plant. Please help. I want to keep it going till summer when I can put it outdoors again.

Answer: It's normal for a lower leaf or two to turn yellow and fall off, but if your plant is shedding leaves at an alarming rate, it might indicate one or more causes of distress. It's possible your plant is in shock, from transplanting, cold drafts, cold water, dry roots, sudden increase or decrease in daytime temperature, or low light, and is reacting by dropping leaves. Jasmine is relatively easy to grow indoors, if you provide the necessary conditions. Give your plant average household temperatures (minimum 45F degrees), bright light with some direct sunshine, keep the soil moist at all times, and mist the leaves daily. Use tepid rather than cold water when you mist or water the plant, and make sure it's not in a draft. Give your jasmine a chance to adjust to it's surroundings. It should recover when it gets the proper exposure to light and daily misting.

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