What Is Jasmine?
Jasmine is a flowering plant native to India and Sri Lanka. Its name means “the rose” in Sanskrit. There are two species of jasmine, Javanica spp., which includes the common jasmine (Jasminum grandiflora), and Javanica odorata, which only grows in the Indian subcontinent. Both types of jasmine have long been used medicinally.
The flowers of both species are edible when cooked or eaten raw. They contain flavonoids and other nutrients. The seeds are also edible but they do not taste good so much like peanuts that many people avoid them.
There are several varieties of jasmine. These include the popular variety called “Indian Rose,” which is native to India, and the less common “Himalayan Jasmine.” The latter type is found in Nepal and Bhutan. The Himalayan variety is considered to be one of the most expensive varieties because it requires a longer growing period than its Indian counterpart.
How Does A Plant Lose Its Flowers?
There can be many reasons for a plant to lose its flowers, including lack of sunlight, over or under watering, diseases or insects. Jasmine plants need full sun, but not too much. Too much sun can cause the plant to burn, turn brown and lose all of its leaves. Brown spots on the leaves are a sign your plant does not have enough sun. Jasmine plants also prefer well-drained soil with not too much water. Jasmine requires less water than many other plants. Jasmine should be watered when the soil is dry to about an inch deep. If you notice yellowing leaves or shriveling, this may indicate the plant is not getting enough water.
Insects such as aphids can also cause flowers to drop off. Examine your jasmine plant for small, slow-moving bugs that are green, black, brown or red. These are most likely aphids. There are many different types of aphids and they require a specialized treatment such as an insecticidal soap.
Diseases can also cause flowers to drop off. Fungal diseases can cause leaves to yellow, curl and drop off. Jasmine plants are also prone to mealybugs, which are small, soft-bodied, segmented insects that tend to hide in the plant’s bark and roots. Mealybugs can cause leaves to drop as well as cause the plant to stop growing or die. Jasmine plants can also be affected by viruses brought on by infected pollen or insects and fungal diseases such as gray mold.
Jasmine plants must be treated immediately when a disease is noticed to improve the plant’s chances of survival.
How To Revive A Jasmine Plant?
Allow your jasmine plant to dry out between waterings. Jasmine plants need less water than many other plants. Check the soil every few days by sticking your finger in an inch. If the soil feels dry, water the plant. Keep a close eye on it for the first month after bringing it home.
Examine your jasmine plant for insects, such as aphids, mealybugs and whiteflies. Check the stem, leaves and flowers for insects.
Treat your plant with an insecticidal soap to destroy soft-bodied insects such as aphids. Mix the insecticidal soap according to the package directions or just mix 1 tablespoon in a quart of water. Dip a cotton swab in the insecticidal solution and rub it on the insects. Wait one day then rinse off the dead insects and their carcasses.
Spray the jasmine plant with pyrethrin to kill off bees, wasps and other flying insects, which may damage the flowers. Mix 2 tablespoons of pyrethrin in 1 quart of water to create a solution that is not too strong. Coat the plant with this mixture using a spray bottle.
Apply an fungicide to kill off fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or gray mold. Use a spray bottle to coat the plant with the fungicide. Follow the product label instructions and do not over-apply the fungicide.
Watch your jasmine plant for a few weeks for signs of recovery or death. Jasmine plants can be slow to respond to fungicides or insecticides and may take time to recover.
Bring the plant inside if night time temperatures will drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Jasmine plants do not do well in cold environments.
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