Jasmine is used in teas, for perfumes, in beauty products, and the fragrance has been known to reduce stress in many people. The flowers on these bushes are some of the most potent ones I’ve come across. I gave one of these bushes to my mom for Mother’s Day one year and it is still going strong. Here are 5 tips on caring for Jasmine bushes you might be able to use.
Frequent pruning will help your Jasmine bush grow up healthy and happy. Stimulate lateral growth of the plant by pinching the ends of your plant. If you wish to support heavier branches, this can be done by tying younger plants to the stem. Removal of dead leaves and branches will prevent growth from being stunted.
Daily watering is best and the soil shouldn’t be allowed to dry out completely either. Adding some peat moss to the soil will help it retain an extra bit of water and add the necessary loam to the soil as well.
Keep weeds away from the base of Jasmine bushes, so they can get the most nutrients from the soil. Weeds use up nutrients that your Jasmine plants would otherwise benefit from. Fertilizer can be used every couple of weeks, preferable one with 10 percent of each; nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Loamy soil with a bit of additional lime is the preferred type of soil for Jasmine bushes. Lime can be purchased from plant supply stores and mixed into the upper layer of the soil from time to time.
Jasmine plants need 4 to 6 hours of sunlight, while avoiding the hottest part of the day. Potted plants shouldn’t be set in direct sunlight during the afternoon and outdoor Jasmine plants shouldn’t be planted in an area of the yard where they will be exposed to the sun during this time of day either.
I hope these tips are useful or you know of someone who can benefit from them. I love the smell of Jasmine blossoms and find these plants very easy to take care of. Have you recently purchased a Jasmine bush of your own? Are there any care tips for Jasmine plants that you’d like to share?
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