Gardening

Jasmine cutting

Irrigation

The jasmine cutting is a branch of about 10 centimeters that is taken from a mother plant that is at least one year old. The mother plant is the plant intended to be replicated. The propagation by cuttings, in fact, allows to obtain a real clone, since the subject obtained has genetic characteristics identical to the mother plant. The jasmine cutting, just like the adult plant, does not require an excessive administration of water. In particular, as regards the jasmine cutting, it is recommended to keep the soil constantly moist in the first phase of planting the branch. When the first roots begin to sprout, it is advisable not to overdo it with water, as the onset of rot could occur which would irreparably compromise the growth of the roots themselves.

How to operate


The first step is to identify the twigs to use as cuttings. The branches are cut about 10 centimeters long. We proceed by eliminating the leaves in the lower part of each branch, as they could create problems with rot. After having sprinkled the base of the branch with rhizogenic powder, each branch is buried in a vase. This powder is a hormone that stimulates root growth. The jars to be used for the cuttings can be plastic or earthenware. For the jasmine cuttingit is advisable to use a mixture of soil and sand, which can be kept moist but, at the same time, promotes excellent water drainage. Jasmine is a plant native to South Asia. It comes, therefore, from warm and humid climates, however it also adapts very well to European climates and is able to resist even the cold. Despite this, at least in the early stages of life of the jasmine cutting, it is recommended to place the jars inside, in the case of excessively cold temperatures.

Fertilization


A first fundamental aid and support to the jasmine cutting is given by the use of rooting powder in the initial phase of propagation of the cutting. Rooting hormone can be purchased at garden stores, but it can also be made at home. In this case it is enough to get a piece of weeping willow bark. After boiling a pot of water, the bark is left to infuse for a whole day. At the end of the operation proceed by filtering the compound which can be used as a normal liquid fertilizer. Once the jasmine cuttinghas emitted the roots the fertilizations are no longer necessary. In fact, the plant adapts very well to all types of soils and is not very demanding from a nutritional point of view. However, if you want to help the cutting and get a more luxuriant growth, you can use liquid fertilizers for plants and shrubs to be administered with irrigations.

Jasmine cutting: Pathologies and treatments


Jasmine is a fairly resistant shrub and not subject to particular problems. However, in particular conditions, especially for the jasmine cutting, which has a lower degree of resistance, problems can occur. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid excessive exposure to the wind and direct sunlight which could create difficulties for the plant to survive. A first problem that can arise is the onset of molds and viruses, linked to an excessive use of water and the use of non-disinfected shears. To avoid this problem it is recommended not to exceed with water and to disinfect tools with alcohol. Once the jasmine cutting has emitted roots, you can transfer it into a larger pot, or you can proceed to bury the new plant directly in the ground.

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