Arabian Jasmine

Jasminum sambac

Belle Of India, Grand Duke Of Tuscany, Biblical Jasmine, Arabiese Jasmyn (Afr.)

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A close up of a white Jasminum sambac flower on a plant
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Arabian Jasmine is a highly fragrant, evergreen vine or shrub species from the Oleaceae family. It produces lovely rose-like flowers, they open only at night and bloom in clusters throughout the year. This plant has numerous medicinal and herbal uses, including as a tea. Arabian Jasmine can be trained to grow along a trellis or grown in a container, making it an attractive hedge screen.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Harvest flower buds during the early morning in spring and summer, when they are closed, in order to reduce damage. Pick individually or in small bunches.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Spring, 20 cm apart for smaller varieties and 40 cm apart for larger seedlings. Plant seedlings indoors in early spring or sow seeds on the surface after the last frost of spring.

Cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer and keep them under intermittent mist for a couple of weeks.

Layering

Air layering.

Special features

Crop rotation

Arabian Jasmine is a medium feeder and requires a moderate amount of nutrients.

Pot plant

This variety makes a great pot plant, provided it has a trellis or something to grow along.

Hedge plant

This plant can be trained along a trellis to form an attractive, blooming hedge screen.

Special features

Origin

Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, India and Pakistan.

Natural climate

Humid, Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes

As a ceremonial plant, the garlands, called 'sampaguita', are used for numerous special events. It has numerous medicinal and herbal uses as a tea.

Personality

Family

Oleaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Jasmine can be affected by mites, nematodes and blight. Treat jasmine plant diseases with fungicides or baking powder and water spray. Avoid overhead watering and allow plenty of circulation around the plant to help reduce the chances of fungal issues.