How to Grow and Care Arabian Jasmine Plant
Healthy Arabian Jasmine plants would continuously bloom with an abundance of fragrant flowers during the summer in ideal tropical weather conditions.
The plants could be espaliered on any available or trussed up vertical support to add color to the surroundings and they are generally scrub like which grow with long stems.
Depending on your preference you could prune and manage it as you would want during winter keeping it as a shrub which would be best just prior to spring when the new shoots come on.
Preparation of soil for Arabian jasmine
“The grand Duke of Tuscany” which is a slow growing variety than the mono flowering types makes it extremely suitable for planting in pots, which needs optimum draining coupled with soil that would be acidic and when it is bloom time the sweet fragrance double gardenia type flowers would last longer that the mono blooms.
Employing richly decomposed pine bark mulch based soil it would be advisable to up pot the Arabian Jasmine plants always into one pot size at a time and never into too much larger pots as it could contact diseases due to much wetness in the soil.
One part of sand or small gravel to about three parts of good fertile soil ideal for potting would give you much healthier plants and when up potting it would be best to up pot into an 8” or 10” from a 6” or to a 6” from a 4” pots.
Ideal climatic conditions for growing Arabian Jasmine
Plants at lower altitudes may turn yellowish for the harsh hot direct Sun but at higher altitudes they would flourish in fully sunny conditions and with the Sun dipping down the horizon in the evenings it would still provide dark green lush leaves.
Being perennially tropical plants Arabian Jasmine love optimum amounts of humidity and it would be prudent to grow them outdoors during hot summer months and they would reciprocate with some beautiful and fragrant blooms.
When the temperatures drop to freezing and below it would be best to protect them though they are known to be strong in the roots in zone 9 which would give you good blooms when the weather eases off.
Optimum direct sunlight is essential when Arabian Jasmines are grown indoors which would give you more robust plants which would produce some of the best blooms.
Whilst Arabian Jasmine are grown in the nurseries in high indirect Sunlight they need to be gradually acclimatized to the conditions that you would intend to grow them or leaves could turn yellowish and leaf burn which is very common in such conditions could occur and ultimately the young plants could wither away.
Ideal watering for Arabian Jasmine
Excessive water retention around the roots would result in root rot which is a very common phenomenon in Arabian Jasmine plants hence extra care should be taken to ensure that adequate watering is maintained, not less not more.
Excessive water around the roots would result in drooping and the best to way test the wetness condition of the soil would be by sticking a finger up to the end and see if the soil is too wet or too dry and depending on the condition deciding of watering it or not.
The ideal way to water would be to pour ample until the saucer at the bottom is filled up then let it be for about 30 to 40 minutes and if no water is left on the saucer another bout of watering would be required if not throw out the water in the saucer.
Keeping the excess water in the saucer tends to suffocate the root system due to lack of air from the bottom which could build fungal and other complicated root issues and root rot.
With experience you would know how much of water your Arabian Jasmine plant would need to grow ideally in the conditions it has been planted and exposed to.
If the pot is very dry and the sides inside the pot have caved in then it would be prudent to soak the entire pot in a much larger one for about a couple of hours to ensure that the soil is well wetted and has enough water.
Like any other flowering plant Arabian Jasmine also needs rich nutrients in the soil to grow with sturdy stems, lush foliage and provide great blooms continuously and when they do, it would be imperative to ensure that they are given the required food that they need to do so.
The right combinations should be administered for great blooms which are gradual releasing fertilizers that are available in the market which are ideally suited for Arabian Jasmine.
They could be either liquid or other granulated fertilizers that would provide the same effects making the Arabian Jasmine the darling around your home.
It is also suggested that a soil test would be the way to proceed if you are contemplating of growing Arabian Jasmine in native soil to ensure that your young plants get the optimum plusses from the soil.
Be aware of pests and diseases
Generally not susceptible to pests and diseases though being aware of some of the causes that are common to Arabian Jasmine would let you be careful if something occurs.
Some sap sucking insects love Arabian Jasmine and would attack when they see a plant and sustained infestations could cause undue headaches.
White Flies, Scales and Mealy bugs are some of the common pests that love the Arabian Jasmine plant which can be controlled by physical or mild chemical applications.
If there is soot which would be colored black on the plant it would provide an indication that there isd a pests home in it and when this happens horticultural oils suitable for the pest or chemical soaps ideal for such pests can be applied.
Carrying out the instructions on the product and repeating it at intervals of 5 to 7 days at 4 times daily should rid you of the menace.
It would also be in your best interests to know that these insects could lie under the leaves or easily concealed in the young buds and small crevices hence looking for the possible points in the plant and treating it adequately would be your best way to rid them from your plant.