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Common White Jasmine

Jasminum officinale

Jessamine, Poet's jasmine, Common jasmine, Poet's jessamine, Summer jasmine, True jasmine

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This large climbing plant is famous for its sweet fragrance that can fill a room or garden with its scent. It is a fast growing plant in warm areas that makes a lovely addition to any garden, as it can be trained to grow against or up a trellis or to fill an arc​hway. It is decidious in areas with temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius, but evergreen in the tropics.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest long branches with multiple flowers at the tips, allowing the flowers to open when placed in floral arrangements to give you long lasting fragrance and colour.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 5-10 cm hardwood or softwood cuttings in the growing season (Summer) and place in a good draining soil, keep moist and place in a cold frame. Allow to root for two weeks and transplant.
Layering
Layer via simple layering or by serpentine layering.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts nectar drinking butterflies, bees, and moths.
Hedge plant
Growing jasmine vines can create a perfumed shield over arbors, trellises and fences.
Pot plant
Jasmine makes a lovely potted plant and should be fertilized twice annually. Containers should have good drainage holes.

Geography

Origin
Northern India to China.
Natural climate
Temperate to Subtropical Coastal

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
The essential oils are used in aromatherapy. Not to be consumed orally.

Personality

Family
Oleaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally, pest and disease free but watch out for pests such as mealybugs, scale, spider mites, ​and whitefly. To rid the plant of these pests, spray with warm soapy water directly to the affected area to blast the pests off the plant, and treat with horticultural oil or neem oil.
Two-spotted spider mite
Two-spotted spider mite
Tetranychus urticae

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