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Jasmine from Madagascar

Jasmine from Madagascar

The Madagascar jasmine belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family and has its place of origin in Madagascar. They are climbing plants and there are five different species of evergreen shrubs, which are suitable for growing both in greenhouses and in apartments. The most widespread species is Stephanotisfloribunda, consisting of fleshy and thin shrubs that reach 3 meters in height. Its ovate leaves, similar in texture to leather, are shiny and dark green in color with a length of 8 centimeters. Its flowers, white and somewhat fragrant, are 4 centimeters long and their scent is reminiscent of tuberose. This plant, grown in the open ground, grows up to 4 – 5 meters; if instead it is grown in a pot of 50 centimeters in diameter it grows up to 3 meters. Many of these plants are used in medicine,

Cultivation

These types of plants tolerate temperatures as low as 5 ° C, but in winter it would be better not to grow them in temperatures below 15 – 18 ° C. They are plants that like the light but do not like being exposed to direct sunlight in the summer. The soil suitable for their development is a mixture of fertilized earth, land of leaves and sand. The soil must also be drained well in order to avoid the formation of rot. These plants should be watered every day in the early morning in spring and summer. In winter you have to reduce them but making sure not to leave the soil dry for too long. It is advisable not to use water with the presence of limestone for watering. It is important for the plant to be careful not to cause water stagnation and, when they are watered, not to spray strong jets of water on the flowers because they can cause damage. As Jasmine are climbing plants, they need supports during their growth, supports such as fences or wooden stems.

Diseases and parasites

Jasmine from Madagascar are very strong plants but, despite this, they can be affected by parasites such as aphids and scale insects. Parasites, spread on plants surrounding Jasmine, can affect their flowers and their buds. Another parasite that can affect the plant is the “red spider”, a mite that grows in hot and dry environments. We will notice its presence due to the appearance of dark cobwebs on the underside of the leaf. We can prevent its appearance by either “washing” the leaves with the water with which we water the plant, or by retaining moisture in the environment in which the plant grows. This parasite can be eliminated by using acaricidal products. A plant disease leads to the yellowing of the leaves and the fall of the flowers, determined by various factors including: sudden changes in temperature,

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