HERE'S HOW TO GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR COTTAGE FARMS' JASMINE!
Jasmine is a great plant for the inside of your home and is also a wonderful plant for the patio or deck. Jasmine is treasured by perfume makers the world over for the intoxicating fragrance the flowers exude! Your home will be filled with the rich fragrance whenever the plant is in bloom. The 1-2 inch crystal white flowers are very showy against the dark green leaves. Jasmine’s best attribute is that the flowers just keep coming, with the plant staying in bloom almost all year under ideal growing conditions. Once the weather warms up outside, and you spend more time in your yard and around your patio and deck, it is time to move your Jasmine outside to be enjoyed. This easy-to-grow plant will grow and perform in most outdoor conditions as long as it receives some sunlight. So sit back and enjoy this fabulous plant in your home now and then later outside.
Although your Jasmine can be left inside year round, it will benefit by being placed outdoors in the summer in a semi-sunny location where it will provide some of its heaviest blooming!
For permanent in-ground planting in zones 9 and warmer, please refer to the instructions below.
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1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - In-ground in zones 9 and warmer. In zones 8 and under, treat as a houseplant during the winter months.
3. Planting Distance - 3 to 4 feet apart in ground. If moving to a patio or deck after the last frost, your plant will need to be transplanted into a container that is two times larger than the current growing container.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 2 to 3 feet the first year, with a 2 foot density width within 1 to 2 years. Jasmine is a naturally vining plant but can be kept in a bush form by pruning as needed to prevent long unwanted growth. If a trellis or some other structure is provided, the plant will vine and grow as large as allowed.
5. Bloom Time - Spring to frost.
6. Planting Instructions - Remove the grower's pot from the shipping packaging and the decorative cover. If the plant is in a plastic bag, please remove the pot and plant from the plastic bag.
Water the pot thoroughly with enough water so that it drains from the bottom of the grower's pot drainage holes. We recommend watering in a sink area in case soil happens to be displaced from the pot. The water will settle the soil and any air pockets will be eliminated. After most of the excess water has drained from the pot (5 to 10 minutes), replace the grower's pot inside the decorative cover and move your gift to the location where you will enjoy it the most!
For in ground planting zones 9 and warmer - Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown. Partially backfill the hole with soil, remove the plant from the pot and carefully position the root ball in the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant gently and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Clip off any unsightly or dead growth to maintain good form and shape. Plants should be pruned regularly to maintain desired shape and size. Pruning also helps promote blooming since flowers are produced on new wood. No major pruning is needed.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - Hardy outdoors only in zones 9 to10. In zones 1-8 move your plant indoors before the first frost.
When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably one with a southern exposure. Even a bathroom will do if it has a southern exposure. Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however; this does not mean to water them daily. Bathrooms simply provide natural humidity for the plant's environment.
If you place your plant in any other room, you can boost the humidity level around your plant by filling a shallow tray with gravel and water then placing the pot in the tray. The water level should be slightly below the gravel so that the pot is not submerged in the water. You may also use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water once a week.
All other watering and feeding indoors should be reduced significantly. Do not overwater or allow your plants to sit in water. If you follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter, your plant will extend its performance of joy from the day you received it.
In the spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.