Why are the leaves on my jasmine going red?

Last year it was fine with lots of blooms but just in February; after that there was no bloom. I don't water it too much because it's a mature plant but we had a hot-dry season in last summer. I watered it twice a week (which could not be enough). After Autumn the leaves started getting Yellow then Red and Brown. We had a very cold season in Perth and it got worse. The leaves were inspected by an specialist in Bunnings and he said there is no pest on leaves. The root is in a small space of back yard so I can't make the soil rich easily. I am planning to make the area wider by removing some breaks and replace the sand and soil with rich soil; would it be helpful? Could you advise about the frequency of watering and any fertilizer needs to be use and how often? Many thanks in advance, Ali


17 August 2013 05:43 AM

Hi Ali,

Chinese star jasmine are quite hardy, they can go a bit dormant in the winter time because of the cold weather which can cause the red leaves. Make sure the soil is rich and well drained, they don't like a lot of water but they don't like to be dry either.Use some seaweed solution like Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It's certified for use in organic gardens, and contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth.

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