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Crepe jasmine is a pretty little shrub with a rounded shape and pinwheel flowers reminiscent of gardenias. These plants are not very demanding, and that makes their care a snap. Learn how to grow crepe jasmine in this article.
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Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) grown as a house plant offers unparalleled fragrance. These exotic, sweetly scented plants hail from China, and are related to many species of jasmine vines.
When you're craving flowers and fragrance in the dead of winter, nothing beats the white, star-shaped jasmine flower.
When purchasing jasmine for indoors, make sure to purchase Jasminum polyanthum or similar indoor species. There are many types of jasmine, and those intended for outdoor gardens can grow up to 15 feettall. Unless you live in a mansion, you probably don't have room for such a jasmine plant in your house!
Jasmine house plants are sold in pots and containers at home and garden centers nationwide and by mail order. You can find them trained into pleasing basket-shaped topiaries as well as in pots and containers.
Select plants with tight buds, rather than open buds, to prolong the blooming time. Look for dark green leaves and avoid any plants that show signs of insects or diseases.
Jasmine prefers cool, moist growing conditions, and bright indirect sunlight. To create these conditions inside your home in the winter, place your new jasmine plant near a sunny window sill. Dry heat causes jasmine plants to drop their buds, so add humidity to the air with a humidifier or by placing your jasmine on a tray filled with pebbles and water. As the water evaporates from the tray, it will increase the humidity near the plants.
Water jasmine frequently, but don't let the plants get soggy. Stick your finger into the pot and feel the soil. If the first inch or so of soil is dry, the plant needs water. If it sticks to your finger or feels wet, it's either fine or a little too wet.
Fertilize jasmines in spring and summer with a liquid house plant fertilizer. A simple 10-10-10 fertilizer is fine, but dilute it to about half strength before using it on jasmine.
You can bring jasmine plants outdoors in the summer once all danger of frost is past. Leave the plant in its pot, and place it outdoors in a partially sunny location. Bring it back indoors before the first fall frost.
Jasmine will start to set buds when the nighttime temperatures are in the 40s and 50s and daytime temperatures are around 65 degrees F. It can be difficult to create this exact combination inside your home, but leaving your plant near a slightly opened window in the autumn helps. Stop fertilizing your plant in the fall extra fertilizer doesn't encourage buds, but instead, encourages leaf growth.
A few snips with a pair of garden shears can help your jasmine retain its shape. It's fine to prune jasmine after it flowers, but stop pruning it in August or you run the risk of pruning off new buds emerging from the stem tips.
When jasmine outgrows its current container, select a new one slightly larger than the current container. Add holes to the container to allow excess water to drain away. Sterile house plant soil, purchased from the garden center, is adequate for a jasmine's needs. It's best to repot jasmine after they finish blooming in the winter to allow the plant time to recover before setting bud again.
Purchased our first Star Jasmine today and will transfer 2-foot high plant to larger container today and put near a pony wall which people walk by going into front door. Any tips for successful planting, such as soil mixture to use? I normally use a mixture of 3/4 outdoor planting mix to 1/4 bark mulch for all of my outdoor containers. And any other tips or suggestions all you experienced folk have. We are on the central Oregon coast. Thanks.
They don't need anything special, if that mix works for your other plants it should work for this one too.
I have two star jasmines in pots with small trellises. I used a mix similar to yours except I used peat instead of bark. Either one should work well. Both of mine are beautiful and in full bloom right now (and gosh they smell so good!) Not sure about where you live but mine have been in their pots for two years now and have stayed evergreen. I push them up under the eaves of the house in a place where they will still get at least a half day of sun during the winter.
I have a question about a india jasmin I have. It has not done well since I bought it and i'm not sure what it is that i'm doing wrong! It started out o.k. and then is started droping leaves. new growth started but was very slow to develope if it did at all. The leaves are more yellowish than green now. I have tried keeeping it watered at various intervals but have had no success. Could it be that it just needs fertilizer and a change of pots and soil? If so, what kind of fertilizer is the best to use?.
I have had the plant about (5) months and there hasn't been much new growth. It is about (2) feet tall and looking very sick! PLEASE HELP!.
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A picture would help. I'm also not sure what plant you really have, do you happen to know the Latin name? When I search on Google for Indian Jasmine, what comes up is a type of Plumeria which goes by the common name West Indian jasmine, and care for a plumeria is going to be different than most of the other things that go by the name jasmine. There's also Tabernaemontana, which goes by the common names Crepe Jasmine or India carnation--maybe somebody combined those common names to make Indian Jasmine? And there's Jasminum sambac which is often called Asian or Arabian jasmine, and there's a cultivar of it called 'Belle of India', maybe that's it?
Without seeing a picture I'll give you several suggestions, but if you have a pic then someone may be able to assess which one of these is actually what's happening.
1) Overwatering will cause the leaves to yellow and then eventually fall off. If this is the case, I would repot it right away, shake off as much of the old soil as you can and repot in fresh soil, it's also a good idea to put a pinch of hydrogen peroxide in the water when you water it, or water with chamomile tea, either of these will help kill off any fungus that may be growing. And after you repot, be careful about how much you water, stick your finger a few inches into the soil before you water to make sure it really needs it.
2) If it's the newer leaves that are yellow and they have green veins but the rest of the leaf looks yellow, it's called chlorosis and happens when the plant doesn't have enough iron. If you haven't fertilized at all in the time you've had it, probably giving it some fertilizer will help, if you have fertilized and it's still doing this then check your soil pH, if it's too high then the plant can't absorb iron.
3) Have you moved the plant at all recently? Changes in the environment can sometimes cause leaf drop. Or if you had it indoors all winter and moved it outside recently, it could be sunburn, even part shade outdoors is still way stronger light than whatever light it was getting indoors, so you need to work the plant up to that gradually.
4) Underwatering also causes many of the same symptoms as overwatering, but there are a lot more people out there who overwater so I think that one's more likely
Hello. my crepe jasmine is in a pot on my patio, live in Arizona, so I make sure it stays out of the hot sun but gets lots of light. It has started to drop leaves, green leaves. What could be wrong with it? Thanks for any help. I really love this plant, so attractive with its shiny green leaves and beautiful white flowers.
These articles will help you pinpoint the issue.
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Whether grown indoors or outdoors, jasmine makes for a beautiful and aromatic plant. As long as jasmine is grown in well-draining soil and with plenty of sun, humidity, and water, it adapts well to potted environments. Once you've grown potted jasmine, you can use it as a houseplant or harvest its flowers for teas or decorations. With time and plenty of care, your jasmine will thrive as a potted plant!
The Jasminum comes from a family of shrubs and vines, which largely make up the olives. There are approximately 200 different species of the Jasminum, among which only one originated from Europe.
The rest of them have their origins linked to the tropical areas of Asia, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.
The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian language, and it was originally called Yasameen, which means “a gift from God.”
The flowers from the Jasmine plant have a very nice fragrance and is the main reason why many people cultivate it. Others cultivate them for their berries, which turn black when ripe.
Most Jasmine species are evergreen, but some of them have leaves that fall off during the autumn. With white, yellow, or in a few instances, red flowers, the plant stands out and is very attractive.
Different species have different types of leaves. Some have simple leaves, others trifoliate leaves, and still others have pinnate leaves.
Apart from the people who have large Jasmine farms for either the flowers or the berries, many others keep it as a house plant. Women in Southeast Asia are often seen with the Jasmine flower in their hair as part of their daily dressing.
More than just a decorative piece, the flower from the plant is also largely used in China and Japan to prepare the Jasmine tea, which the Chinese fondly refer to as Jasmine flower tea, and the Japanese “sanpin cha”.
In most of the Asian countries, especially in India, the Jasmine has great cultural importance. The flowers are used during domestic rituals, such as marriage ceremonies, and also during religious festivals as when the lord Jagannath is bathed in water scented with Jasmine.
Bunches of the Jasmine flower being sold at the entrance to the temples are a common sight in India and many other Asian countries.
It is also a favorite in the perfume industry.
Many other countries in Asia, and also Hawaii, look at the Jasmine plant as their national or state symbol.