Gardening

Jasmine cutting

Irrigation

Jasmine is a shrub native to South Asia, therefore, it is a plant that can withstand heat and humidity. Despite this, it also adapts very well to the Mediterranean climate and is able to withstand even winter temperatures. There are different varieties of jasmine, but the cultivation and reproduction techniques are basically the same, although of course it is necessary to take specific precautions depending on the different variety. Jasmine can be grown both in pots and in the ground. The plant can be used for simple ornamental purposes or for the production of fragrances and herbal teas. The most used and recommended reproduction technique for this plant is the cutting, which allows to obtain a real clone of the mother plant,

What does the cutting consist of


The jasmine cuttingit is technically a branch of about 10 centimeters, which is taken from the mature mother plant, or a plant that is at least one year old. This reproduction technique can be used after flowering, approximately in late summer or early autumn, depending on the different variety of jasmine. Once the sprig has been taken, the leaves are removed at the base, to prevent them from rotting and creating problems, and buried in a pot, either plastic or earthenware, with shielded draining holes, to avoid excessive spillage. of water. As for the growing medium of the jasmine cutting, it is recommended to use a mixture of soil and sand, which favors water drainage, avoiding stagnation of water, and at the same time can be kept moist, favoring the growth of the roots.

Fertilization


The jasmine cuttingit does not require particular fertilizations and treatments. However, with certain precautions it is possible to obtain better results and faster times. First, it is recommended to use rhizogenic powder, which is the hormone that stimulates root growth. Secondly, it is recommended to keep the soil of the pots constantly moist, avoiding, however, to wet it too much. Once the roots are sufficiently developed, the times of water administration can be extended. In fact, jasmine is a plant that can withstand even long periods of drought. For this reason, irrigation is never strictly necessary, but it is recommended for a greater and better development of the plant. Despite this, it is advisable to avoid an excessive supply of water which can cause damage, even irreparable, at the roots. Once the jasmine cutting is ripe, liquid fertilizers can be used to be administered through irrigations.

Jasmine cutting: Problems and treatments


Jasmine is a fairly resistant shrub that does not present particular problems. Even the jasmine cutting is not subject to specific problems, however it is recommended to be careful and avoid certain errors that could lead to the onset of serious pathologies. First of all, it is advisable to always use well cleaned shears and disinfected with alcohol, to avoid the spread of mold and the proliferation of viruses. The jasmine cutting can be damaged even by too low temperatures. For this reason, it is recommended to hospitalize the pots of the cuttings inside, in case the temperatures should be too low, at least in the first phase of implantation of the cutting. Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid that the soil remains too wet, as mold and fungi could develop. Should such problems arise, the use of a systemic fungicide product is recommended. Finally, in the case of attacks by aphids and scale insects it will be sufficient to resort to a specific insecticide.

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