Scientific Name: Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: 13, 21, 23-27
Frost Tolerance: Semi hardy in Phoenix, needs some protection from frost on the coldest nights
Heat Tolerance: Resistant to full sun and reflected heat in Phoenix
Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
Origin: Native to India, widely cultivated in South China
Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub to 10 feet (3m)
Watering Needs: Regular watering for optimum growth
Propagation: Leafy stem cuttings, layering
Called "pikake" in Hawaii, this is the plant used to flavor the jasmine tea.
Grand Duke of Tuscany: Slow growing but with the largest flowers. 2" flowers look like miniature roses. In most cases, the flowers generally dry out on the plant.
Belle of India: 1" double flowers.
Maid of Orleans: single 5 petal flowers.
They grow best in a well-drained, light soil enriched with leaf mold, peat moss or compost. From spring through fall, fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Tie the stems to supports and keep the soil evenly moist through the growing season. Prune after flowering to keep the plants thinned and shaped.
Blooms from June to September
In spring, root 3" semi-hardwood cuttings in sand, peatmoss and sand, or vermiculite. Transfer cutting to 3-inch pots within 4 weeks, then to 6-inch when pot is becoming filled with roots. Jasmines do not like soggy conditions.
Seeds don't need stratifying, and can be planted immediately.
Bhatia Nurseries for pictures and growing tips