Jasmine Losing Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Hartsville, TN
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Question by bow454
January 3, 2000
I have a jasmine plant that I've had about a year and it used to be full of leaves; you could barely see thru it. This past summer I noticed it was very sticky and knew that it was most likely aphids, which I sprayed with Orthene
and Concern, an insect killing soap. It's been flowering unbelievably but the main concern is that it's been losing leaves like mad and now looks like a skeleton. What do you recommend?

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2000
There are numerous types of jasmine (as well as some plants that are commonly called jasmine, but are not), and some of them are evergreen, some are semi-evergreen, and some are deciduous. You may have a deciduous one that is dropping its leaves seasonally. Lightly scratch some of the bark tissue. If it looks green, I wouldn't worry about it. It will probably start leafing out again. As it starts leafing out, fertilize with a product such as Miracle-Gro (15-30-15) which will help both foliage and bloom. Water thoroughly before and after fertilizing. For the health of your plant, try to monitor it regularly and start a program against the aphids before they get out of control. If you get them early enough, you can blast them off with a hose. Good luck!

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