Star Jasmine - maintenance

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Old 05-17-06, 08:41 AM
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Star Jasmine - maintenance

Hello,

More questions on how to grow Star Jasmines.
I've received invaluable advice and encouragement from moderators so far. Thanks many times over.

Some further questions on maintenance.

How does a star jasmine keep indoors?

Three pot plants are each trained round a wire arc about 12 inches high. Tendrils are growing in all directions. Should a larger arc be added to the same pots to enable new growth to be wound around the new frame?

When clusters of blooms brown prematurely is it safe to prune brown part (cut) while the plant is in full flowering growth?

When blooms dry out in the normal course of events, should these be picked off?

Does the plant need pruning at all at any time?

For plant on a twelve inch high arc, what should be the size of pot? Currently these are small 12cm across 10 deep.

Loamy moist soil is currently being applied on a bed of gravel. Organic feed is given once/month during flowering period.

Plants are being vaporised with water frequently. Is it sensitive to chlorinated tap water? Rain water not available (no garden).

Naturally all advice valued.
 
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Old 05-17-06, 10:18 AM
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How does a star jasmine keep indoors?
Better outdoors in the south. Where are you located? If you're in the northerly large pots or tubs will do. They like lots of sun, moisture and a humid atmosphere inthe spring and summer time. When you bought them, were they indoor or outdoor? Where is it now?

When clusters of blooms brown prematurely is it safe to prune brown part (cut) while the plant is in full flowering growth?

When blooms dry out in the normal course of events, should these be picked off?

Does the plant need pruning at all at any time?
You can prune if you want to but not necessarily. You can train the plants into a bushy shape by pruning after bloom time and keeping the growing tips pinched out. This will encourage bloom.
 
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Old 05-18-06, 08:11 AM
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I'm in northern Europe, Brussels.
Your precise instructions are very welcome. I didn't think to ask if these plants came from indoors or out but did asked the vendor for a jasmine that would have to stay potted. Two types were on sale (I think outdoor and indoor. I assume the ones I bought are indoor varieties.

Not certain I fully understand what "pinching out" the "new growing tips" means.

I've repotted one of the plants, but perhaps the pot is still not big enough it is six inches deep and 7 inches hight. Following advice I read on the net I put it in a gravel base and then covered with a high quality guaranteed pest free loamy soil. The plant roots were not disturbed when it was repotted as the earth came away clean without resistance along with the plant when it was removed from the original small plastic pot it came in.

The two more recent acquisitions (Monday) are not yet repotted.

The first acquisition, bought about 14 days ago, has bugs (I've posted a thread on this, called Star Jasmine, pests). I'm treating it with an organic plant spray and keeping it isolated from all the other potted plants in the bathroom which is very light. I'm keeping it moist and spraying it with water regularly. I thought it would like the humid atmosphere of the room.

The two new ones are kept separate in the office beside a big window, it is pretty light. I've sprayed them once with the bug repellent to be on the safe side. Otherwise I'm watering them and vapourising too as I red they need it.

Thanks very much for your advice.
Aurore
 
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