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Jasmine is Slowly Dying

My son gave me a jasmine plant in the fall of this year. It has been indoors and seems like it is slowly dying. The leaves, usually on one branch at a time, become dry and then the whole branch eventually dries out. It is in a south facing window and set on a tray of pebbles.

Many plants go by the common name jasmine. The sweetly scented white flowering type known as star jasmine is not a true jasmine but rather Trachelospermum jasminoides. Indoors these and the true jasmines prefer lots of light and moist well-drained soil. Adjust your watering to the growing conditions. Those of us that keep our homes cool need to water less frequently. Those with warmer homes may need to water more often. Do not fertilize until your plant recovers and shows signs of new growth and a need to be fertilized. The type of dieback you describe can be caused by overwatering. If this is not the case your plant may have stem or root rot. Correcting the watering routine is often enough to resolve this problem.  If not, try repotting the plant.  Remove any slimy roots and place it in a container only slightly larger than the remaining root system. In the meantime, prune out dead stems, adjust watering and with some luck you can save your plant.

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