I have a jasmin plant (jasminum sambac).

  • Up until about a month ago it was full of green leaves, and had scented white flowers blooming
  • About a month ago many of its leaves started yellowing and drying out, and now there aren't that many left
  • I cut the dry yellow leaves off, thinking it was stress related, and hoping the plant would be better in time


  • Light conditions: plenty of sun
  • Water conditions: soil is moist when I put my finger in. Looks like it retains water properly, almost like it's "not drinking" the water. It's currently lightly watered once a week (to avoid root rot)

I also thought about water purity issues (see this question) or soil volume might not suffice (see this question), but all the other plants enjoy the same water and they're fine, and the soil volume is about 5 times bigger than the pot it initially grew to be this size in.


Now the last leaves also started drying out, and the stems feel like they're drying out too.

How can I save it before it's too late?

enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here


As per the second question you linked to, the issue is likely the size of the container it's growing in - Jasminum sambac is a large, evergreen, scrambling plant, with a height and spread of 2.5-4 metres, with a spread up to 1.5 metres in the ground. In order to grow properly, the plant needs to form quite a widespread and deep root system as it matures, which it cannot do contained in a shallow trough.

You don't say where you are, but this plant is not entirely hardy - it will tolerate down to about 4 degrees C, but frost will kill it. Assuming you live somewhere warm enough, if you cannot transfer it to the ground, then you can keep it going for a few more years by transferring it to a large pot, something 2 feet deep by at least 12-18 inches wide. It will still eventually start to fail when it runs out of root room again, but you should get another 4/5 or more years of good growth out of it in a larger pot.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.