Carolina Jessamine – No Flowers

Q: I have Carolina jessamine that has filled in a lattice wall around my hot tub. It is growing great, but not a single flower this year. Do I prune in the spring with the assumption that flowers occur on new growth?

A: Carolina jessamine flowers on old stems, i.e. those that grew the past summer and fall. If you prune in fall, you won’t have any flowers next spring. Leave it alone for now. You can wind the gangly stems back into the lattice in May and shear as necessary from then until early August. There will be plenty of time then for new growth to appear and make flower buds for the following spring.

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