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.
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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