Jasmine is one of those flowers which are loved by all for its sweet fragrance and beautiful white little flowers. Apart from its beauty it has a lot of medicinal benefits. Wouldn’t it be attractive to have them in your garden?
There are three types of jasmine common in India and Jasmine is commonly referred as Mogra
1. Single Mogra
Botanical Name: Jasminum officinale
2. Double Mogra
Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac(Maid of Orleans)
3. Gundu Malli
Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac(Belle of India)
Here are the tips for growing them
Jasmine can grow in a variety of soils but it requires a well-drained organic soil. So the soil can be well drained loamy or red loamy soil.
Jasmine prefers sun to shade. In fact they prefer sun so much that they do not do well in shade at all. So the place for jasmine must be carefully chosen. It can tolerate warm summer, moderate rainfall, mild winter and sunny days.
Jasmine is commonly propagated by stem cuttings. Take 4-6 inches long cuttings of semi hard wood ( stems of shrubs after growing season ). Remove flowers or buds from the cuttings because if they are present they would consume much of plant’s energy rather than developing roots. Keep a pair of leaves on cutting and strip the rest. Do not expose cuttings to direct sun light. Plant in well-drained soil by inserting 2/3 of the cutting into the soil. If growing in pots it should offer good drainage.
Water immediately after panting. Make sure the soil is well-drained before watering again. Watering conditions will vary depending on the weather and growing conditions. In summer these plants will require more water.
Use organic fertilizer once in a month. Phosphorous rich fertilizer is good for jasmine. So add banana peels and kitchen waste as fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing during winter.
Don’t forget to prune your jasmine once it has bloomed. The fragrant flowers will only last for a day, once they have opened their petals. Regular trimming will help encourage the growth of new wood, and only new growth will produce more flowers.
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