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Saturday, June 14, 2003

8 Leaves.

that's how many are left on my woefully neglected carolina jessamine (gelsemium sempervirens).

i take full responsibility for the sorry state of this plant. first, i planted it in too much shade and too much clay. then i hardly watered it. and for two (unseasonably) hot, dry months i basically forgot all about the poor plant. from time to time i would notice it tucked back in its dark corner and think "gee, it sure is unhappy there. i should move it before it dies completely." but i didn't do anything until two days ago when i realized it was down to the last eight leaves.

i've dug it up, put it in a gallon pot, fed it, watered it, placed it on the deck where there is actually some sunlight, apologized profusely and begged for forgiveness. a couple of tiny leaf buds are now becoming leaves, so hope remains.

generally speaking, i do believe in tough love for my plants, but this one didn't have a fair chance so i will coddle it for a while before sending it out into the yard again.

Posted by Erica Bess Duncan | Permalink


HI..i'm hoping you can help me..i have this jessamine..and i don't know what i am doing or not doing to get it to bloom. I've had it where it's at for 3 years and always thought "maybe next year it will bloom" but it still hasn't bloomed. What gives? any suggestions?

Posted by: gail | May 19, 2004 3:01:59 PM

I bought two beautiful, full Carolina Jessamines from a nursery 5 days ago, planted them in large containers with their original soil and wrapped the vines around my trellis.
Barely 2 days later many of the leaves have gone limp! I started watering them every day (temp has been ~80) thinking that was the problem, but there has been no change. What's happening? Please help!

Posted by: Jessica | May 2, 2007 9:57:01 PM