Jasminum officinale - Jasmine


Jasmine species are grown indoors for their lovely, fragrant flowers. In addition to Jasminum officinale- Jasmine, two of the most popular species include Jasminum sambac- Arabian Jasmine and Jasminum polyanthum- Climbing Jasmine. With proper cultural conditions, Jasmine can remain in continuous bloom for months.

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Light: Bright light with some direct sunlight each day in eastern or western exposure.

Watering: Keep soil moist as Jasmine can easily wilt. When growth slows in winter, hold back on watering a bit more.

Temperature: Jasminum officinale var. grandiflorum blooms best with a night temperature of 55°F or lower. J. sambac prefers a night temperature above 60°F at night. Day temperatures are best kept cool as well with below 70°F.

Humidity: Jasmine enjoys extra humidity and benefits from daily misting, sitting on a tray of moistened pebbles and/or use of a humidifier.

Feeding: During the growing season, feed once a month with a standard water soluble fertilizer.

Transplanting: Move J. polyanthum in summer and J. officinale in spring. Jasmines prefer a fertile, well-drained soil consisting of one part sterilized houseplant potting soil, one part peat, and one part builder's sand or perlite.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings just below a node or heel cuttings (from sideshoots with a small section of main stem attached) in midsummer to fall. Grow cuttings in a pre-moistened light soil mix with extra humidity. Repot when rooting has taken place and treat them as mature specimens.

Maintenance: Continue to prune often, as they can be rampant growers.

Special Note: When plants reach an 8-10" size pot provide an annual topdressing of fresh potting soil.


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