asia
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hawiian jasmine

hi i have had this jasmine for 4 years now and noticed this fall that the leaves were drying up and falling off. The ones left on the plants looked chewed and distorted. Now it is mostly bare branches with a few leaves left altho it still is producing flowers. I have washed it with soap and flushed the dirt also. where the leaves were the stem has hard things on them .. I have searchee and searched it and cant find ANYTHING..Does anyone have any ideas with what it could be? THANKS

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Can you take a picture of it for us? [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3724]How to Post Pictures & Photos on Forums[/url]

It's very hard to guess what the problem might be, without seeing the damage.
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A while ago I lived in an apartment building that was infested with some weird beetles - they came out mostly at night and munched on my plants, then in the daytime you'd scarcely find them around. you'd see one on a window maybe, or a couple in the hallways (going to the next feeding i suppose).
If it is a bug problem, maybe you aren't looking for something small, but rather a bigger insect that moves about your place...
If someone living near you keeps crickets for frog food, there could be escapees that visit and munch on your plants...

BTW, You'll probably want to pinch off the flowers, to force the plant to put its energy into foliage and roots rather than reproduction... - first the loss of its leaves, and then exchanging the soil definitely stressed the plant out...

pictures would help :D
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jasmine plant

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Sorry this was the only way i could upload them that i knew thanks for the help

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here goes: you just paste the direct link, highlight it and hit the square 'Img' button (second from the right)....

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I'm not sure, but in image #6, it looks like there might be some green aphids perched along the stem and the main vein of the leaf. They're very common plant pests and like the tender new growth. They suck the sap from the plant and can cause distorted leaves, which might appear as though they had been "chewed." They can also spread some diseases from one plant to another.

When treating a plant with soap solution, it's first important to be sure you use real soap, not detergent. Detergents can burn the leaves, which will cause them to dry and fall off. Read the label on whatever type of "soap" you intend to use, to be sure it's actually a soap. Dishwashing liquids are usually detergents.

You must apply several successive treatments of soap solution, in order to kill any newly hatched insects, as well as any the first treatment might have missed. It's a good idea to re-treat every 5 to 7 days. Four treatments should be sufficient to clear any infestation of soft-bodied insects. Other insects, such as scale, which produce a protective waxy shell over themselves at maturity, are somewhat more difficult to eradicate. But there are ways! :)

ETA: the "bumps" on the stem, where the leaves used to be, are called "nodes". New leaves and branches will sprout from them as your plant recovers from whatever is ailing it. ;)
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