Why Is My Creeping Jenny Dying and How Can I Fix It?

If you are wondering why your creeping jenny is dying, the most likely culprits are either lack of water or too much sun.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some common reasons why creeping Jenny starts to die off, and how you can take care of your creeping Jenny so it stays healthy and vibrant.

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia Nummularia) is a beautiful low-maintenance ground cover, it’s a popular choice for gardeners who want to add some color and texture to their rock gardens and borders, and even as a border around raised beds. The plant is hardy enough to withstand temperatures as low as -20 degrees celsius.

Creeping jenny grows in full sun or partial shade and needs consistent water to stay healthy. The plant cannot handle dry periods, if you let it go for too long without watering it, it will die back to its roots and not come back up again. The best way to keep your creeping jenny alive is by watering regularly.

Too much sun:

Check out the environment around your creeping jenny. If your creeping jenny is growing in full sun and heat, it might be getting too much of both. Creeping jenny thrives in cooler temperatures and partial shade, so if it’s hot where you are and your creeping jenny is wilting or dying back, try moving it to a shadier area and see if that helps.

Not enough water:

If your creeping Jenny is dying, it’s probably because you aren’t giving it enough water. Creeping Jenny loves moisture! They grow best in moist soil and can’t survive in areas where the ground is constantly dry. If it’s not getting enough water the soil will dry out and the roots of the plants won’t be able to absorb any moisture, meaning that they’ll die off if there isn’t enough water for them.

Red Spider Mites:

If you are experiencing problems with your Creeping Jenny, it could be due to Red Spider Mites.

Red spider mites are small and barely visible to the naked eye. They have a red coloration when exposed to bright light and they are usually found on the underside of leaves. Red spider mites feed on plants by piercing their epidermal tissue with their mouthparts and extracting sap from within. They cause damage by sucking out nutrients from leaves, causing them to turn yellow or brown and die back.

Red spider mites are most commonly found in pots and hanging baskets but can also be found on other types of plants including strawberries, roses, tomatoes, corn and green beans. If left untreated they can cause serious damage to your garden throughout the summer months as they reproduce quickly under warm conditions such as those found during summer months in temperate zones.

Botrytis Blight:

If you notice that your creeping jenny is beginning to yellow or brown and then die, there may be nothing wrong with the plant itself it’s more likely that it’s being attacked by a fungus called botrytis blight.

Botrytis blight is caused by a fungus called Botrytis cinerea. This fungus thrives in cool temperatures (50°F – 60°F), so it’s often found on plants grown indoors during winter months. The spores of this particular fungus can travel through the air and land on plants like creeping jenny, where they will grow and spread if conditions are right.

The first signs of this disease are usually yellowing or browning leaves, followed by spotting or moldy patches on the leaves themselves. If left untreated, the infection will move inward toward the center of the plant until it kills off all of its tissues.

To prevent Botrytis Blight from affecting your creeping jenny plants, make sure that you remove dead leaves and stems from around the base of the plant. Do not allow water to sit on top of them or allow them to sit in standing water for long periods at a time.

If you have other plants nearby that are more susceptible to botrytis, move them away from creeping jenny or cover them with a tarp when watering so that they don’t get wet as easily.

If these steps don’t help with preventing Botrytis Blight in creeping jenny, there are several fungicides available for treating this disease once it occurs. Make sure to follow all instructions carefully when using these products because improper application can cause more damage than good!

Southern Blight:

One of the most common reasons for creeping jenny to die is southern blight. Southern blight is a disease caused by the fungus Sclerotium rolfsii, which invades and destroys leaves, stems, and roots. Southern blight is more common in warm climates and during wet weather.

The disease begins as brown spots on the leaves, which eventually turn black and die. The fungus spreads to the stems and roots of your plant, causing them to rot and die as well.

There’s no way to prevent Southern Blight once it has taken hold of your creeping jenny, but there are measures you can take to slow down its spread and save as many plants as possible.

The first step is to remove all affected plants from your yard or garden area. If they’re small enough to move, cut them off at ground level with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Then dispose of them in a plastic bag as opposed to putting them into the compost pile, so that spores don’t spread among any remaining healthy plants on your property.

Phyllosticta leaf spot:

Phyllosticta leaf spot is caused by a fungus called Phyllosticta minima. The fungus spreads through the plant’s water-conducting tissue, which stops the flow of water to the leaves and causes them to discolor and die. The first signs of Phyllosticta leaf spot are small spots on the leaves that will turn brown or black as the disease progresses.

If you suspect your creeping jenny has been infected with Phyllosticta leaf spot, remove affected plants immediately and destroy them by burning or burying them in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Clean all tools used with soap and water before using them again on healthy plants.


Q: How do I care for Creeping Jenny?

A: The best way to care for creeping jenny is by keeping it in moist soil with indirect sunlight, which will allow it to thrive for years to come. Make sure you water your creeping jenny regularly so that the soil does not dry out completely, but avoid over watering as this can lead to root rot. You can also fertilize your creeping jenny once every few weeks during spring through fall by adding compost or manure around your plants’ roots so they have enough nutrients throughout the growing season.

Q: Is Creeping Jenny hardy?

A: Creeping Jenny is extremely hardy! It can thrive in USDA zones 4(3) through 8(9a).

Q: Is Creeping Jenny poisonous?

A: Creeping Jenny is not poisonous. It’s actually edible, and has a history of being used as a medicinal plant.

Q: What are some ways I can use Creeping Jenny in my garden?

A: Creeping Jenny is an incredibly versatile plant for your garden. We recommend using it as a ground cover, since it’s not too tall and can be easily trimmed to fit your space. It also makes a great edging for flower beds and around pathways. And don’t forget to include it in your container gardens Creeping Jenny will look great lining the edges of your pots!

Q: When should I prune Creeping Jenny?

You can prune Creeping Jenny at any time of year. Simply snip off any dead or brown leaves, and you’re ready to go!


In conclusion Creeping Jenny is a very cool plant that can grow in many different areas of the world, and it’s pretty easy to care for. So if you’re looking for something to add to your garden, or just want to add some greenery to your home, creeping jenny is a great option.

Now that you know how to get the most out of your creeping jenny, go out and make your garden the envy of all your neighbors!

Thanks for reading this blog! I hope you found it as interesting as I did. It’s always fun to learn about the plants around us, and I learned a lot while researching this topic.

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