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Winter Jasmine is a welcome guest in every garden. Some varieties are not intended for outdoor use, but rather kept as a houseplant, but these also need slightly cooler temperatures so they are stimulated to flower. The soil should be loose, humus and slightly calcareous. The ideal location is sunny to partially shaded, but she is also satisfied with shade.
Care of winter jasmine
Winter jasmine is a popular climbing plant, mainly because it starts to bloom in the dreary season. Its flowering begins in December, but the main flowering is from February to March.
The plant is very undemanding and hardly in need of care. It is fertilized approximately every 10-14 days with a commercially available fertilizer. As it blooms on the previous year's shoots, one can stimulate the flowering by pruning directly after flowering. Here, the shoots are cut about one third. By this pruning the side shoot is promoted at the same time. Whether container plant or outdoor plant, winter jasmine needs as a climbing plant a stable trellis. Beware of enough moisture in summer, rather less in winter. Waterlogging is definitely to be avoided. Winter jasmine can be easily and simply multiply by half-ripe cuttings. The ideal time for reproduction is from spring to late summer. The increase by lowering (garden jasmine) brings the desired success.
Unfortunately, jasmine is haunted by aphids and spider mites. For aphids spraying with a solution of lube soap helps, spider mites usually occur in dry summers, here can help a vigorous spraying. The yellow flowers are slightly fragrant, but their scent is very pleasant. The leaf shoots occur directly after flowering, but there are also evergreen species, such as Jasminum azoricum, Their flowers are white and star-shaped, smell relatively strong. This variety blooms from summer to fall. A welcome guest on terraces and in the conservatory. There are many types of jasmine, not all bloom in winter, but they are all very popular among plant lovers.
Useful tips for winter jasmine
The winter jasmine is so special because it is one of the rare plants that bloom in the cold winter months colorful - in a bright yellow. If we have a mild December, then we can enjoy this beautiful sight even before Christmas. Therefore, it is very important to know some essential things about this shrub so that its continuity is assured and you can enjoy its winter splendor for many years. There is not much to pay attention to. Stick to the following:
- Outdoor as well as in the flower pot as a houseplant - winter jasmine flowers most beautifully when it is in the sun or partial shade and gets enough light.
- He only needs water when it is very dry. Waterlogging should be avoided!
- Fertilizing is not mandatory, but can not hurt in the spring.
- After flowering, it is cut back on its shoots to stimulate growth. You will see how quickly your plant expels again!
- Attention: If you have planted your winter jasmine outside, make sure that it is protected from the wind.
Spring or fall are the best times to plant winter jasmine outdoors. Make sure that you consider a distance of half the expected growth width, if you want to plant several winter jasmine next to each other. For example, if you plan a hedge, you should leave about a meter of space between each plant.
Due to its enormous growth and its characteristic as climbing plant, Winterjasmin is excellently suited as Hecküberwunschpflanzung or overhanging on house walls, walls or Sichtschutzbalustraden. As a so-called Spreizklimmer he climbs with the help of long thin shoots trellis, scaffolding, other shrubs, walls or fences. After several years, it can grow up to three meters high. Important: If you do not support it, it hangs fast. It is best if you attach individual shoots to the object to be climbed.
Propagation of winter jasmine
It is extremely easy to multiply winter jasmine. In spring or summer, cut a clipping from a side shoot of your plant. Insert the approximately 20 cm long cutting into the ground and in a short time it will be rooted and you can transplant it. But beware: The fact that the shrubs often hang, it comes easy to contact individual shoots with the ground. These shoots usually form very quickly roots, so it often comes to proliferating. To avoid degeneracy, you should cut off the shoots lying on the ground in good time.
Did you know?
How is it that in the middle of winter bright yellow flowers can bloom? This is really rather unusual in our latitudes. The reasoning is quite simple: Winterjasmin originally came from China, but was also introduced to Europe in the 19th century. China has a milder climate during the winter months. However, as this plant does not change its rhythm of blushing, the flowers also bloom in winter.