Night blooming jasmine (Jasminum spp.) is one of the most popular flowers in the world. It’s a beautiful flower with white petals and pink center. Its fragrance is described as sweet, floral, spicy or fruity depending on where it grows. It has been used medicinally for centuries in China and Japan and now it is being grown commercially all over the world.
The plant grows naturally in warm climates from Mexico to India and even in the Mediterranean region. It is native to the deserts of North Africa, but it is becoming increasingly common throughout Europe and Asia.
It prefers moist soil, so it needs lots of water during its growing season. The plants are easily propagated by division or cutting. They prefer full sun and will grow well under partial shade, but they do best when given some space if possible.
In addition to its beauty, there are many uses for this flower. Some of them include:
A traditional medicine in China and Japan; it is used as a treatment for stomach ailments such as indigestion, nausea and vomiting. It is also used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
It is often added to tea as a mild diuretic and laxative.
It can be eaten raw or cooked.
It is also used to make perfumes, soaps, lotions and even dried flowers.
It is often dried and then burned as incense. It has a sweet scent that many find calming.
The nectar from the flowers can be used to make alcoholic beverages and even wines.
It makes an attractive landscape plant; it can be grown in large containers or in your garden (after being grafted).
It is fast growing and easy to grow. It grows well in containers and is ideal for urban environments.
It is not a native plant to the US so it doesn’t have any natural predators here.
They are prone to spider mite infestation, aphids, mealy bugs, whiteflies and scale insects. They can also get bacterial leaf spot and root rot.
If you live in a cooler climate, they will need to be protected from frost.
They are susceptible to viruses, especially if they are grafted.
If you live in a cooler climate, the best time to plant your new jasmine is right after all danger of frost has passed. Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the container your jasmine is in.
Carefully remove it from its container and place it in the hole. Fill in the hole with soil and then water it well. You should also mulch around the base to conserve moisture and keep it from drying out.
If you are growing it in a container, make sure that you pick one that has several holes in the bottom for drainage. Add a mixture of compost and sand to the soil and then add a layer of gravel on top of that.
This will help to keep the soil from becoming too soggy. You can also place a bell-shaped metal funnel in the container that can later be removed. This is for when it flowers so that the beautiful fragrance can be enjoyed.
After your jasmine is planted, keep it watered well until the soil is completely dry. After it has been established for a year, it should only require watering once a week, especially if you live in a climate where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much.
Jasmine can be pruned anytime. You can prune it to shape or just keep it at its natural height and shape.
It is a pretty fast growing vine, so you will have to be diligent about keeping it trimmed so that it doesn’t overwhelm whatever it is climbing on.
While your jasmine grows and blooms and smells wonderful, keep in mind that it will also attract bees and wasps. Always wear protective gear when working around your jasmine.
Now that your jasmine is planted and growing, sit back and enjoy its fragrance.
Jasmine is an old flower. It has a rich history of being used to add fragrance to perfume and to scent baths and temples in ancient times.
It is native to China, but it has spread throughout the world in tropical and subtropical regions. The flowers have a very popular scent and they come in a variety of colors. There are hundreds of varieties of Jasmine, so you can find one to fit your particular garden setting.These plants are very attractive to bees, butterflies and other flying insects. If you don’t want flying insects visiting your garden, this is not the plant for you.There are two basic types of Jasmine: the ones that bloom and the ones that don’t. The ones that bloom have flowers of different colors, shapes and sizes. They also have different duration of bloom times, some as short as a month and others up to several months. The ones that don’t bloom produce colorful green foliage and can remain attractive for years.Both types require the same type of care. Jasmine can be propagated from both seeds and cuttings.If you want a particular variety of Jasmine, you will have to buy either the seeds or cuttings. Each year, the particular variety will be slightly different from the original plant from which you took it. They can be grown indoors or outdoors in your garden.Some people prefer to grow them indoors where they have more control over their growth.
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Jasmine by B Mukherjee – 1999 – books.google.com
Prediction of rainfall variation through flowering phenology of night-flowering jasmine (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L.; Verbenaceae) in Tripura by S Acharya – 2011 – nopr.niscair.res.in
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