I live in Punjab, Pakistan. The temperature is warm to hot for most of the year. There is bright sunlight in my city for probably 320 days in a year. The soil is quite fertile and rich of natural nutrients.
Near about September 2019, I bought 3 plants of Arabian Jasmine to start a new hobby. It is fairly common here, a lot of home lawns have it and sometimes I have seen its dense bushes 3-4 feet wide and similarly tall. I kept the plants in local soil, packed in wooden crates lined with plastic woven sacks. The crates are placed on the roof in a position that the get sunlight all day. My plants were doing fine. I watered them almost every day, with some days missed out when the soil was already wet. I gave each of them 10-15 grams of NPK fertilizer once a week. The plants grew new flowers once or twice a month.
The winter season went quite hard on my plants. Sometimes I couldn't water them for 8-10 days in a row and the temperature fell as low as 2 'C on some days. In Feb 2020, I started to take care of the plants again and give them water and fertilizer regularly.
Now after more than a month, one of the plants hasn't grown anything new and it's branches are completely brown and dry, with not a single leaf left. I think it has died out. The other two plants are growing new buds and I want to recover them as much as possible.
I have noticed that there are some (8-10) old buds still remaining on the plants, which are either completely or partially brown. So I took a few pictures and tried to classify the buds and branches.
- New buds, green.
- Old buds with brown leaf tips.
- Old buds with completely brown and crispy leaves. On green or brown branches.
- Green branches with Type 2 or 3 buds.
- Brown, crack-able branches.
Please see the attached pictures and try to answer the following questions. Any other advice is also always welcome. If you think I have some wrong concept anywhere, please feel free to correct me.
- Some of the buds are completely green. I hope they grow into new branches and leaves. They are spurting from joints and from the middle of the branches. How can I ensure their continued growth and promote formation of new buds?
- Some of the buds have leaves with brown ends. I understand these may have faced shortage of water some time ago. Can these buds grow back to normal life? How can I restore them?
- Some of the buds are completely brown and crispy. They fall off if I touch them firmly. They are probably dead. Some of these are on green branches and some are on brown, dried branches. If I break these buds off, will new buds grow in their place?
- Some of the branches are green but they don't have any grown leaves on them, just type 2 or 3 buds. Are these branches likely to grow?
- Some of the branches are brown and dried. If I break them off their joint from the preceding green part, is there a chance a new branch or bud will grow in their place?