Common White Jasmine

Jasminum officinale

Jessamine, Poet's Jasmine, Common Jasmine, Poet's Jessamine, Summer Jasmine, True Jasmine, Jasmine, White Jasmine, Climbing Jasmine

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This large climbing plant is famous for its sweet fragrance that can fill a room or garden with its scent. It is a fast growing plant in warm areas that makes a lovely addition to any garden, as it can be trained to grow against or up a trellis or to fill an arc​hway. It is decidious in areas with temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius, but evergreen in the tropics.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Harvest long branches with multiple flowers at the tips, allowing the flowers to open when placed in floral arrangements to give you long lasting fragrance and colour.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take 5-10 cm hardwood or softwood cuttings in the growing season (Summer) and place in a good draining soil, keep moist and place in a cold frame. Allow to root for two weeks and transplant.

Layering

Layer via simple layering or by serpentine layering.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts nectar drinking butterflies, bees, and moths.

Hedge plant

Growing jasmine vines can create a perfumed shield over arbors, trellises and fences.

Pot plant

Jasmine makes a lovely potted plant and should be fertilized twice annually. Containers should have good drainage holes.

Special features

Origin

Northern India to China.

Natural climate

Temperate to Subtropical Coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

The essential oils are used in aromatherapy. Not to be consumed orally.

Personality

Family

Oleaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally, pest and disease free but watch out for pests such as mealybugs, scale, spider mites, ​and whitefly. To rid the plant of these pests, spray with warm soapy water directly to the affected area to blast the pests off the plant, and treat with horticultural oil or neem oil.

Related Problems

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