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Trachelospermum

We plant quite a few Trachelospermum jasminoides with no problems.  We have one garden where we planted 12 and they almost all failed.  I thought it was a bad batch and we replaced them.  The 2nd lot aren't doing much better, with this being a typical specimen. The ones facing North are best, others facing East and West not so good.  I thought they were getting waterlogged over winter but the client is sure they aren't.  Most other things are doing well, although Salvia o. purpurascens and Convulvulus cneorum failed which to me suggest it is wet there. Has anyone got any bright ideas as to what's going wrong?

TIA

Tim
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    What is happening the other side of that fence?? Are the neighbours friends??

    • I did think of that, but it's both sides of the garden.  I don't think they're that unpopular!

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     To me from the picture it looks as if the there has been standing water as the soil has a slight crusting look to it.

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    Rather weirdly this has happened to the four I put in my own garden and have noticed a bit of frost damage on one in a customers garden, I had put my failures down to frost but only a guess...

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    Well Tim, 

    I don't know what weather you had in your area but if that was here, I'd guess it was a protracted long wet winter followed by severe late burst of frost.They are not in a wind tunnel of sorts by chance?. Diggging around the soil and doing a bucket test will tell you if it's waterlogged soil. Could well be compacted mind.. exploratory spade work time!!😀

     

    Best

    Paul

  • Thanks folks, I'll do some investigating with a spade when I can get there, and let you know if I find anything interesting/ conclusive.

  • Could I ask when you planted them? My experience is that Trachelospermum can be very slow growing in the first few years. I had one that did virtually nothing for about 3-4 years, didn't even get as big as the one in your photo. I gave up on it. Then suddenly it took off, for no apparent reason, and now it's positively rampant! 

  • I've had exactly the same with 12 large ones I planted last summer. They are alive but showing little sign of any flower buds forming and the leaves are very pale looking despite a feed. In another garden, two I planted 3 years ago on a sunny wall are also not looking so good, and another gardener I know has experienced similar problems with some of hers

     

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    I just looked at the ones in my garden and they have very tiny new shoots growing but all seems very slow....

  • Probably best to check the soil; they don't like it too wet neither do the other plants you've mentioned. I would suggest the customer waits to see what happens for a few months and doesn't over water. Equally, if we get a really dry patch the customer needs to water to keep them ticking over. I'm the plants will settle down [fingers crossed]

     

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