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Name: Julie
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JulieB
Dec 30, 2013 3:15 PM CST
I've got two night-blooming jasmines growing in pots on the patio here in Southern California's Zone 9b. They grew nicely into the fall, both bloomed. Then some of the leaves got yellow while others browned at their tips & edges. I cut one way back & she's growing nicely anew but some of the leaves are still browning at their points. (Please excuse the two too sunny pics below as attempts at descriptive.)

The other has grown berries & I'm thinking I should cut it back too? I love these plants; they are the reason I have a new little container garden on the patio! And I want them to be happy!

Any advice?

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terrafirma
Dec 30, 2013 3:27 PM CST
Hi JulieB, I have this same plant in a container on my patio too, and it does the same thing this time of year, just generally starts looking a little ratty…I let mine go through the winter, and don't cut back until the spring…I'm always fearful that we are still yet to get some cold and possibly frosty nights. If cut back now, it would begin to put out new growth, which wouldn't be able to handle the cold.
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plantladylin
Dec 30, 2013 3:28 PM CST
To my eyes those leaves don't look like "Night Blooming Jasmine" (which isn't really a Jasmine; that's just the common name for Cestrum nocturnum: Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

Do you remember what the blooms looked like on your plant? The foliage reminds me of Star Jasmine (Jasminum laurifolium var. laurifolium)

I'm not sure this is the time to prune but I don't know what the winter temp's are in your area of California.
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woofie
Dec 30, 2013 3:31 PM CST
Do your containers have good drainage? And are they getting enough sunlight or possibly too much?
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Name: Julie
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JulieB
Dec 30, 2013 9:25 PM CST
I love you guys!

I planted every fragrant plant I could put my paws on so it's entirely possible I have no idea what it is! They both bloomed with little trumpet-like tiny white flowers in groups under leaves (as opposed to atop the leaves the way most flowers bloom). And they smell lovely - at night!

We've got another three weeks of potential frost days and I'll complain about the cold but it won't get below 35 even on the coldest night here. That said, I'll take your implied advice @terafirma and leave those little berries until "spring," just in case. Plus I'm curious! And spring starts in February here, I'm told!

Thank you @woofie I'm learning that one can never have enough drainage for containers & so I've ordered decorative pot feet (loving Etsy!) & more practical potrisers to get even better drainage! Great, important advice!

Think I'll also add these guys to the plants I spray w Neem Oil pretty regularly as it looks like somethings eating them!

BTW: Are there different things I'd do to better these plants chances to thrive if I knew exactly what they are or are they all in the same family in terms of care? @plantladyin?

Again: thanks!
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