Jasmine | Jasminum

The numerous jasmine species are members of the Oleaceae family and they can be found almost everywhere in the world. These deciduous and evergreen climbers all have intensely fragrant flowers that are white in the common white jasmine (J. officinale) and yellow in J. mesnyi and J. odoratum. J. sambac has a double, gardenia-like flowers, jasmine prefer a warm, sunny location. In summer it must be watered generously and given applications of fertilizer once a week. Except for J. sambac, which even in winter needs a minimum temperature of 15° C (59° F), the other species should be over-wintered in a well-ventilated cooler position of 5-10° C (41-50° F). They will even tolerate short periods of frost. In the case of larger shrubs, either cut back the flowering shoots after flowering or cut back vigorously to the desired shape. Plants can be propagated from softwood or semi ripe cuttings taken in spring or summer.

25. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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