Confederate Jasmine Vines

Daniel Gill  |  3/28/2015 12:56:00 AM

Confederate jasmine vines.

The Confederate jasmine vine on the left is doing well.

Photo By: Langlois, Page

The Confederate jasmine vine on the right appears to have root rot.

Photo By: Langlois, Page

Hello, Mr. Gill,

These two jasmine vines were planted about 6 years ago. The vine on the left is doing well. The leaves on the vine to the right have turned brown and brittle. The plant is not looking very healthy. I don't know what has happened to the vine to cause such severe damage.

Is there anything I can do to save the plant?

Thank you.

Chris K.

The news is not good. This looks like root rot. Confederate jasmine vines are generally reliable and recommended, but they do get root rot. Fungal organisms in the soil attack and kill the roots. As that happens, the vine can no longer absorb the water it needs from the soil. The vine dies of thirst. This can happen section by section or the entire vine can die in a relatively short period of time.

By the time you see symptoms such as these the vine is a goner. There is nothing you can do to save the plant.

Dan Gill
Consumer Horticulture Specialist

Update on 3/27/15:

I just noticed the gutter down spout near the Confederate jasmine that died. This is likely significant. Root rots are encouraged by excessive moisture in the soil and/or the soil staying moist for extended periods. With the down spout discharging water so close to that spot where the vine is growing, it is likely this created the conditions for root rot to occur.

Dan Gill
Consumer Horticulture Specialist

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