Climbing jasmine

How much to water climbing jasmine

In terms of irrigation, climbing jasmine is an undemanding plant. It can withstand long periods of drought, but regular irrigation guarantees its growth and flowering. Jasmine watering should be performed in the cool hours of the evening during the hottest season, in order to ensure a moist soil for a longer period of time, and in the early hours of the morning during winter, in order to avoid frosts. . In general, in the cold months, if not during long periods of drought, it is not necessary to water the plant frequently (depending on the climatic conditions, the irrigations will even be suspended), while in the intermediate seasons it will be sufficient to water the jasmine 2-3 times a week and in the hottest periods it will be possible to intervene daily.

Despite being an unpretentious plant, jasmine prefers fertile soil, rich in organic substances and well drained. In fact, a too compact soil prevents adequate drainage and therefore the rooting of the roots and the normal growth and flowering of the plant. If the soil does not have the ideal characteristics for the cultivation of climbing jasmine, it can be added with sand and expanded clay to improve the drainage capacity. In the event that jasmine is grown in pots, it is good that the choice of soil also takes into account the climatic conditions: in a continental climate a mixture of peat and sand can be used in equal parts, while in a Mediterranean climate it is well suited suitable a mixture consisting of 70% peat and 30% sand.

How and when to fertilize jasmine

The growth of jasmine is rapid and luxuriant, therefore its soil needs an enrichment of nutrients that it naturally does not have. In view of the preparation of the soil, a first fertilization with mature manure can be carried out. At the arrival of the winter season, during the vegetative rest of the jasmine, and in spring, when the plant is preparing for the new flowering period, an organic fertilization must be carried out. Also during the spring season you can add to the water used to water the soil, a fertilizer based on nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus rightly balanced every two months. Decaying leaves can be added to the pots or the ground, which fertilize naturally and give a nutritional contribution to the roots.

Climbing jasmine: Exposure, diseases and possible remedies

Climbing jasmine needs a bright and largely sunny environment. Semi-shade conditions are also acceptable as long as the plant can receive a few hours of direct lighting. In addition, jasmine does not tolerate the wind, so it should be placed in a properly sheltered location. Although it is a hardy plant, jasmine can be attacked by fungi and parasites if it is not properly cared for. Among the latter we find aphids and cochineal that cover the honeydew plant, a rather greedy nourishment for mushrooms. The most common fungal diseases are gray mold and smoky mildew. It is therefore advisable to treat climbing jasmine with a broad spectrum insecticide / fungicide both in the acute and preventive phase.

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