With the mere mention of jasmine plant, the first thing that comes to everyone's mind is the pleasant scent of the lovely white flowers. When maintained correctly, this climbing plant develops into a thick bush, and creates a spectacular view in the landscape. And the best part is its adaptation in different soil and growing conditions. So, even if you don't have a green thumb, you can maintain the plant with simple care tips. The key tricks are to provide appropriate light and water regularly.
Also known as confederate jasmine, star jasmine vine is a perfect flowering plant for plantation in hedges and trellis. It is scientifically represented by Trachelospermum jasminoides and classified under the Apocynaceae family. A native of the tropical regions, this variety requires optimal sunlight, warm temperature, and high humidity to produce healthy blooms. Take a note of the following factors before you introduce this plant in your garden.
- For planting in a flower garden, the plant prefers to grow in USDA hardiness zone 8 - 10. In areas with extreme cold winter temperatures, it is better to maintain this perennial bush as an indoor plant or container plant.
- Propagation is done from dried, properly stored seeds, and semi-hardwood stem cuttings. With the latter alternative, you can shorten the maturity time, and induce the cut saplings to bloom within a short time.
- As with any gardening project, the first consideration for growing star jasmine is selecting the location. Though the vine grows well in full sun to partial shade, opt for a partially shaded site.
- The soil pH should ideally fall within slight acidic range, but it can also adapt in near neutral or mild alkaline soil. This adaptability makes it an ideal plant for any soil type.
- When grown in groups, you can maintain a spacing of about 6 - 8 feet between two vines, or according to your landscape design. The only thing is to leave enough room for the bush to develop fully.
After plantation, you can trim the growing branches to give a bushy shape. Another choice is to plant dwarf star jasmine varieties as ground covers. Or else, you can grow it as a part of container gardening in hanging baskets or normal pots. Simple guidelines for star jasmine plant care are explained below.
Ideal Light Condition
Exposing it to bright sun can lead to burning effects, while extreme low temperature weakens the plant. The point is to provide indirect sunlight in summer, and 4 hours direct sunlight in winter. By including this plant in indoor gardening, you can control light and temperature range for healthy growth.
Frequency for Irrigation
Irrigate the star jasmine plant when the top soil becomes dry, but do not over-water or soak the soil. It tolerates temporary drought condition. However, regular watering to keep the soil moist is a must to ensure development of heavy blooms in blooming season. The flowering time lasts from early spring through summer.
Pruning proceeded to maintain shape of the bush, and also to improve the overall plant health by removing weak branches. There is no specific time of the year for removing dead and wither branches. However, pruning a thick bushy star jasmine is best done in spring after the first flower bud develops.
Regarding the care to be taken in winter, you need to expose the plant to indirect sunlight for several hours everyday. One point to be noted regarding this fragrant plant is the poisonous parts. Handle it with care, as it can trigger skin allergies upon contact with hypersensitive skin.
As far as disease is concerned, rust and powdery mildew are identified. After the flower begins to wither, you will notice development of small seed pods. In order to collect viable seeds, allow them to dry completely in the plant itself. Once dried, you can pick the seed pods and open them for collecting seeds. Store them in a cool and dry place, and sow them when the environmental conditions become favorable again.