August 26, 2020 at 12:59 pm #782ShazGreenhornSend message
My Stephanotis leaves are starting to turn a mottled yellow. This is happening just as the plant is coming into bloom. Any suggestions as to what to do?August 27, 2020 at 12:29 pm #786bertybertGreenhornSend message
Hi Shaz! First of all yellow leaves is often overwatering – are you sure it isn’t wallowing in water? If it’s a few spots it might be an insect or something. Do you think you could share pictures?August 29, 2020 at 5:19 pm #789LifeenthusiastGreenhornSend message
Stephanotis belongs to the group of plants which don’t like abrupt change in temperature. Have you transferred it recently in a spot that gets colder or hotter anytime of the day?August 30, 2020 at 1:25 pm #793AAGreenhornSend message
I ‘rescued’ a mature plant a couple of years ago, and after some trial and error it finally started growing again this spring. Now the new vines are dying off, but the newest set of leaves seem fine. I also have flower buds for the first time. Are the two related? How can I make the new vines live? Any ideas welcome!September 4, 2020 at 11:06 am #805jeffrycopeGreenhornSend message
Maybe it lacks a little light, @AA
I suspect that because when light is scarce, it tends to drop lower leaves to redirect nutrients to leaves that are higher up, since that’s usually where more light is. Maybe this might be happening to yours?September 4, 2020 at 10:40 pm #819LifeenthusiastGreenhornSend message
@AA, is it in a pot? Have you put fertilizer this year? It can actually be that the plant doesn’t have enough nutrients to sustain the whole vine. Could be great if you attach a picture.September 5, 2020 at 1:24 pm #821AAGreenhornSend message
Thanks for your replies. I don’t think it’s lacking light, it by a window with the blinds always up. Maybe it needs more fertiliser. It’s just odd that it’s throwing out new leaves, and is forming blooms, so i think it’s generally healthy, except for that the new vines are dying off. I unravelled them before they started dying but didn’t harm them to my knowledge. Maybe they don’t like hanging free?September 5, 2020 at 7:24 pm #822ShazGreenhornSend message
Thank you all for the suggestions. It’s definitely not over watered and is getting plenty of light. I have put a photo a leaf in my album if you Can access it.September 11, 2020 at 5:52 pm #868bertybertGreenhornSend message
@Shaz just checked the picture you shared, it might be chlorosis or some kind of virus or also possibly some type of pest.
Chlorosis is a lack of nutrients but sometimes the nutrients are there, the plant just can’t get them because the pot is full of calcium due to watering with tap water. When water is hard, chlorosis develops on some plants. Are you watering with tap water? If so, start collecting rain water and use that instead. Excess minerals will wash out in time. I’m betting this is the case here, had very similar blotches on my mint some years ago.
If it’s a virus though I’m not sure what to do. The shape of the spots seems fairly typical of some virus, but then again the picture is very blurry so not very easy to know… might be mites or midges, they also roam around leaves like that…
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