Jasmine in winter

Jasmine in winter: characteristics

The winter jasmine is a shrub native to China and present for some time also in the Mediterranean area and the Atlantic islands. It is said that it was the famous navigator Vasco de Gama who introduced Jasminum Nudiflorum, which soon became popular and appreciated, to the point that its meaning in the language of flowers is none other than love. As the Latin name suggests, this plant, when its branches are still bare of leaves, jumps out, blossoming and coloring the sad hibernating winter garden yellow. The partly creeping posture means that it can be considered as a ground cover or, with adequate support structures on which to rest it, even as a climber. It has straight, thin but rigid dark green branches. The leaves are small, shiny and grow in groups of three.

Jasmine in winter: cultural care

Since Jasminum Nudiflorum is a cold-resistant plant, we can without problems plant it between the beginning of autumn and the beginning of spring on good weather days, unlike the spring Jasminum species, which are planted from March to shelter of a wall. When we decide to plant it at the right time, we dig a hole about twice the size of the pot. At the bottom of our hole we place gravel or in any case draining material: in this way we can avoid root rot. Once this is done, we cover and water. Winter jasmine requires regular watering, especially in soils that dry quickly. Therefore, since it fears drought, in arid areas or where it hasn’t rained for a long time, it is necessary to intervene with abundant watering.

Jasmine in winter: exposure, parasites and fertilization

Winter jasmine tolerates all exposures, from full sun to shade, however, if we expose it to the sun, it will bloom more profusely. Instead, we must be more careful of the wind than the sun, which could damage the flowering. However, as the morning sun is too weak, we recommend exposing it to the south or west if possible. The parasites that most frequently attack this jasmine are aphids and scale insects. The former attach themselves to the vegetative apexes while the latter to the branches and leaves. For the soil, Jasminum Nudiflorum has no particular needs being a genus of easy adaptability. All that is needed is that its growing medium is well drained. At the beginning of the autumn season we will put organic fertilizer at the base of the plant.

Winter jasmine: Winter jasmine: pruning and multiplication

Jasmine forms a beautiful dense and compact shrub, so much so that it is even used in some places as a noise barrier in the streets (moreover it is resistant to smog). Naturally, the internal branches, without light, will become bare over time. For this, after flowering, we need to prune the plant drastically, in order to have branches that are always alive. On very young plants however, it is best to stay a little lighter. We also remove old or frost-damaged wood. If we want to multiply it, it is possible to employ different techniques. At the end of summer or early autumn the seeds can be used (in a sheltered place) or the offshoot is implemented, thus burying long and elastic branches and separating them from the mother plant when they have rooted well the following year.

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