Cultivating Jasmine

Water jasmine

The jasmine plant is able to withstand even periods of drought, but its correct irrigation is still essential for the stimulation of growth and flowering. To this end, the greatest concentration of watering must be carried out in the summer and vegetative periods, making sure that the soil is always well moistened. A good amount of water must also be guaranteed in the resting season to allow the development of the roots, but in this period it will be enough to water only once a week. Jasmine does not tolerate stagnation of water: therefore, never overdo the irrigation and make sure that there is always good drainage of the soil. The latter must be soft and rich in organic components: in the case of particularly compact soil,

How to grow jasmine

To start the cultivation of jasmine starting from a mother plant, it is necessary to use the reproduction by cuttings: this procedure consists in taking branches of about 10 cm in length and with a semi-woody consistency. For rooting, the cuttings must be placed in a pot with soil rich in peat and sand and, if necessary, fertilized with phytohormones; once rooting has taken place, they can be replanted, in pots or in the ground. Jasmine is a plant that can withstand even low temperatures, as long as it is well sheltered from frosts: for this purpose, if the climate is particularly harsh, it is good to protect the roots, distributing dry leaves or pieces of bark on the soil, as well as repair the plant. placing it in a greenhouse or covering it with a plastic sheet for gardening.

How to fertilize jasmine

Like all plants, jasmine also needs the right amount of nutrients and microelements (“molybdenum, iron, zinc, manganese, copper and boron”). To help the growth of the plant, it is good to intervene in spring with a reinforcement of liquid fertilizer, rich in potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus. In order to correctly fertilize, you must: – water the plant and let the water penetrate well to the bottom; – avoid excessive exposure to the sun. The liquid fertilizer, diluted in the irrigation water, must also be given during the whole summer period, every two weeks. The doses of fertilizer to be used are, indicatively, slightly lower than those reported in the product package. At the end of winter, compost or mature manure can be added to the soil to support vegetative growth.

Cultivating Jasmine: Jasmine diseases and remedies

Jasmine must be exposed to the sun and can withstand even winters spent outdoors, but does not like excesses: no direct sunlight or too cold drafts. Generally, if the winter climate is particularly harsh, the plant must be sheltered in a greenhouse or, in any case, adequately protected. If the jasmine has withered leaves, it may be due to incorrect watering and, if you notice very small insects on the plant, it means that it has been infested with aphids. In this case, it is necessary to intervene with special pesticides, available from a nurseryman, or with natural products, such as the “Marseille soap” spray. To this end: – dilute a teaspoon of soap flakes in 500 ml of hot water; – allow the liquid to cool and spray it on the areas affected by lice.

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