Unwind With The Sweet Smell of Arabian Jasmine, Jasminum Sambac
The name Jasmine or ‘Yasmine’ is Arabic in origin meaning fragrant flower. Records of this flower can be found as far back as Persia (modern-day Iran) and is also thought to be native to the tropical regions of Western China. In South and Eastern Asian cultures, this flower is a sacred symbol of purity, nobility, eternal life, and motherhood and is often used for religious offerings and traditional marriage ceremonies even in parts of Europe.
Jasmine is a vine that has 200 known varieties some of which have little to no fragrance and can be found growing wild in most continents around the world including Australia. Throughout the centuries the sweet-floral fragrance of the Arabian Jasmine has been used for perfumes, aromatherapy candles and soothing essential oils, along with healing and skin care products for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also high in antioxidants which makes it a particularly popular tea all around the world.
Position: The Arabian Jasmine is one of the most common varieties and is distinguishable due to its waxy texture and rosette white buds. Native to India and Southeast Asia, it is well known for its compact growth and ability to thrive in stable indoor conditions.
Jasmine Plants require bright, indirect sunlight all year round to flourish indoors with partial shade during the summer season. The best place for this is near a south-facing window where it can receive a few hours of morning or afternoon sun.
Temperature: Arabian Jasmine prefers temperatures ranging between 15-29°C during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. However, avoid placing the plant near drafts or heating vents. This Jasmine variety naturally grows in hot, tropical environments and is susceptible to cold and frost damage which can discolour the leaves and prevent flowering.
Water: To simulate a humid environment, mist the leaves with a handheld spray bottle but only if the air feels overly dry or arid. Jasmine Plants will absorb the water they need through the roots more effectively than through the leaves.
Jasmine Plants are not drought tolerant so regular watering is essential. You should water it around once a week during warmer seasons and once a fortnight during the colder ones. However, it is recommended to check the soil with your finger before doing so.
Soil: Your jasmine plant should be potted up with premium-grade soil rich in composite and organic matter. Keep the soil loose and make sure the roots are not too densely packed.
Problems and Solutions:
Be mindful of Aphids that like to suck the nectar in the younger stems. If you come across them just wipe the stem down with a warm damp cloth or neem oil solution.
In the right conditions, your Jasmine Plant should grow very quickly, so regular pruning will help maintain the shape and size suitable for indoors. Prune after flowering to encourage bushier growth and fertilise every 2-4 weeks.
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