Red leaves on jasmine

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  1. exlabman

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    Hi,
    We planted 2 white flowering jasmine bushes 2 years ago. They have grown and produced some but few flowers, however the left hand plant plant has predominantly red leaves and the right hand one is now starting to have red spots.
    We did plant with compost (sandy soil, not pH tested yet), they have had an occasional dose of miracle gro food and some manure top dressing.
    The only things I can come up with are:
    1. that they are on the east fence so get little sun except for summer
    2. That next doors coal bunker backs onto the fence where they are growing and the samll ganules (pea size) look like they have been coming through the fence for years and are in the soil all arround. More round the left hand plant (the red one) as it comes in under the ivy type plant (see photo) then has been spread in over the years.



    Any ideas please? Please keep in mind I know nothing but am keen to learn.

    Thanks
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  2. Lavender

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    The plant in your picture is not a Jasmine, it is a Trachelospermum jasminoides. This evergreen climber normally has dark green glossy leaves, but these will go red if the plant is under stress.
    Things that cause stress include: lack of feed, overwatering, underwatering, excess cold.
    It's difficult to say what the cause in your case, but giving it a good feed in the spring might sort it out.
     
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    "The plant in your picture is not a Jasmine"

    I thought that too, but wasn't 100% sure for the photo.
     
  4. exlabman

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    Oh, thanks for that.
    I wanted it for the white fragrant flowers, have i bought the wrong thing?
    Is coal in the soil likely to be a problem? Not sure if anything leaches out of it.

    Cheers
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  5. Sussexgardener

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    You'll still get fragrance from Trachelospermum Jasminoides :)

    Can't help with what's causing it to go red like that though.
     
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    D, it IS Trachelospermum, what`s confusing you is the common name, which is Star Jasmine. It is an evergreen, but not fully hardy so when the temperature dips the leaves turn red. It should recover in the New Year when the temperature improves.:gnthb:
     
  7. exlabman

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    Ok thanks.
    It's been red most of the year though. Would it be better moved to a bed with more sun? This time of year it gets very little? Other one next to it has very little red so i can't understand it.

    Cheers
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  8. TaraMaiden

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    I don't know what the policy is on reviving ancient threads... This one is ten years old...but actually, after a long search, I have finally found exactly what I was looking for...

    I have a Trachelospermum Jasminoides... In fact, if I am honest, there are around 5 cuttings in one pot... and they've been there for a good 3 years or so... no feed, and sadly, ants got in to make a nest, which was annoying... so these cuttings, which are completely pillarbox red... no green leaves at all! - are 'under stress' to say the least. The plants flowered this year, but I think it was less of a good bloom and more a cry for help! I will transplant them this autumn, and feed properly in the Spring...

    Many thanks to Lavender, for their informative post... wherever they may be.
     
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    @TaraMaiden wow! How fab you have finally found a answer :dbgrtmb: I have 2 jasmine trachelospermum. They are one of my favourite plants. I bought them around 5 years ago. They were around a foot high in pots and I wanted to train them up a obelisk in the pots. How naive I was. Up until a few months ago they were still in pots but huge ones completely outgrown the obelisk and trying their best to branch out. Finding a spot in the ground for them wasn't easy. Full sun and somewhere for them to climb but they are both in now. I haven't had many flowers this year but I'm hoping once they settle in I'll get a good show next year. I've put blood fish and bone around the base and when it's really hot dry weather I leave the hosepipe on the base for a while. Over the years I've had red leaves on them but it never seemed to affect them greatly. I really hope you manage to get yours to a happy place as once they are they will reward you with lovely flowers and scent.Good luck.
     
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    We're a bit like ships passing in the night, aren't we?! Since moving house, I haven't been able to do much with my jasmine plants, but we have an open, airy garden, with a long fence recently replaced by the landlords, and it's just begging to have something growing up it, so I intend to attach some wires, and train the jasmine along there... I have a bit of a nostalgic attachment to this plant; my grandfather's garden in Italy had one growing right along a wall, all the way down his garden. Every year, when I went there for my holidays, I would love to sit near the wall and read, and drink in the amazing fragrance. I doubt any jasmine I have here will flower quite as prolifically as his did, given the climate, but just having flowers with scent will be a lovely thing!
     
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    @TaraMaiden we are :heehee:
    Your new garden sounds lovely and I bet once you have the jasmine planted they will love their new place. I completely understand what you mean by having a attachment to them. It sounds crazy but it's so true. I first smelt a jasmine whilst on holiday in Greece many moons ago and that is what made me get them. The best flowers I've had was in their first year, in pots on a South facing wall but we have moved many times since and hopefully now they are in the ground they'll be ok. (One seems to be doing better than the other):dunno: keep us posted how you get on. :dbgrtmb:
     
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