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Cate Jasmine Bush

Q: I'am afraid that my bush is dying. The leaves are falling off. can you help?

A: Jasmine plants (gardenias) are susceptible to sucking insects, particularly whiteflies or scale, so I would check for these.

If you have a heavy infestation, it is possible for the plant to be dried out by their feeding.

Should you find either, you can use horticultural soap or oil to control them. Since these insects draw sap from their host, it is also critical that you water thoroughly to help replace lost moisture.

If you find neither, it may be the leaves are dropping as a result of too much or too little water, low humidity, or even nematodes, which are microscopic worms that feed on plant roots.

You may need to take your plant to a local garden center or nursery to show them and ask for a more direct diagnosis.

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