Jasminum Auriculatum is also known as Jasmine or Juhi in India. The plant is well known for its aroma. It is so popular that it is traded in the world.
It belongs to the family of Oleaceae. The buds are intensely fragrant of the plant. Usually, the plant has a climbing feature with slender stems growing actively towards the light.
The plant can be easily grown indoors but needs quite a special attention. The plant has beautifully scented flowers and can be a perfect option to add it in your house.
This climber needs a moderate amount of sunlight and water. They love a humid environment.
You can grow this plant after the frost which would give it more time to spread its roots.
Well-draining humus soil will stimulate the growth of the plant. Do not use clay soil as it needs the soil which drains well and still is retaining water.
You can grow the plant indoors as well as outdoors. Soil which is rich in nutrients and organic can also be added.
Indirect light is preferred by the plant. They love the partial shade. If you are planting it indoors then keep the plant in a bright room.
Make sure you do not keep the plant under the direct light because after few hours of direct sun the leaves might get burnt. They can tolerate heat moderately. Also, they don't like full shade areas as they are cool in temperature. So the best thing is to provide them partial shade.
Water the plant regularly. As the plant is humidity tolerant it requires abundant water. If your plant is in indoors then water the soil with 2 to 4 cups of water and if it is planted outdoors water the plant regularly without making it mushy.
During the winters let the soil be dry out before watering it.
Do not overwater the plant.
The flowers of the plant are small white in color- like a star. The flowers bloom during the spring till fall. The size of the petals is around 20 inches long. The flower is pure white of 5 to 9 petals with the yellow core in the center.
The flowers attract many birds and bees for the pollination.
Usually, jasmine is not a harmful plant, you can even eat it. Although there are some imposters like yellow jasmine (belongs to the Loganiaceae family) which are very dangerous.
The average height of the plant is from 12 feet to 15 feet. The width of the jasmine shrub is from 3 to 15 feet.
Offer the plant with nitrogen fertilizers when it is actively growing. Fertilize the plant for once in a week from April to August. Seasonal fertilizing is necessary. If you want to increase the blooming of your plant then add phosphorous-rich fertilizers.
Do not fertilize the plant in winters as it would obstruct its growth. Use organic fertilizers and compost.
The primary benefit of jasmine is that it adds fragrance in your life.
Jasmine helps to reduce stress and anxiety. They can treat your oral problems and abet in the treatment of diabetes.
The plant is known for its scent which not only attracts us but also the harmful pests. The plant can get infested with aphids, spider mites, whiteflies and root-knot nematodes.
The plant can also get infected with a fungus which can infect the soil. You can use neem oil and certain fungicide and organic pesticides. Remove the prunes and provide space for circulation. Let the soil be dry.
There are lots of varieties of Jasminum, around 200 of them.
Some of the varieties are the Arabian Jasmine-Jasminum Sambac, winter jasmine, dwarf jasmine, pink jasmine and much more.