How to grow Trachelospermum jasminoides

Commonly known as the Star Jasmine or Confederate Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides is a relative new-comer to the English gardener although a popular choice across the Mediterranean and Southeastern United States. Native to eastern and southeastern Asia it is a surprisingly frost-hardy, evergreen climber despite its subtropical and tropical origins. It is noted for its clusters of highly fragrant blooms and deep-green foliage which can take on a bronze flush during colder winters.

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Under favorable conditions it can be expected to reach an approximate height of 9 metres with a width of 3-4 metres. The leaves are leathery and ovate-lanceolate. The small, jasmine scented, pure-white flowers appear on new growth across the entire plant from June to August.

In northern European climates Trachelospermum jasminoides will perform best grown against a warm, sunny wall. It will even grow in partial shade to full shade in warmer climates although flowering will not be as impressive. Be aware that it will struggle in regions prone to extended periods of freezing wet conditions. Under these circumstances Trachelospermum jasminoides will be best cultivated as a greenhouse or conservatory specimen.

Trachelospermum jasminoides flowers
Plant in a moist, humus-rich, deep but well-drained soil. Avoid soils prone to waterlogging as the roots can succumb to fungal infection. Trachelospermum jasminoides will prefers neutral to alkaline soil conditions, but will grow in slightly acid soils. That being said the foliage can often show signs of nutrient deficiency similar in effect to chlorosis. This can be mitigated by a weekly application of a liquid soluble fertilizer formulated for ericaceous plants. Container specimens are best grown planted into John Innes No 3 potting compost.

Trachelospermum jasminoides can be prone to scale or woolly aphid, especially when grown against the protection of a wall. Voles and rabbits can be a problem in rural areas as they like the young stems.

Pruning is not required, unless you wish to limit its growth by remove vigorous shoots. This can be carried out in March.

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