An amazing mock orange plant has about 50 different species, and gardeners associate jasmine flowers with a bright aroma and unique taste of tea. Almost all varieties of this plant have opposite foliage from light green to bright green and white buds of various shades: from ivory to cream.
Growing such a shrub is quite simple, as there are species that grow on absolutely any soil. However, in order for the jasmine flowers to be as large as possible and not fade for a very long time, it is worth taking care of nutritious soil and regular watering. If the groundwater on the site lies close to the surface, it is necessary to provide the planting pit with good drainage from expanded clay.
Jasmine garden flowers: planting and care
The mock orange does not like transplants, so the choice of a place should be approached thoroughly so as not to ruin an adult plant later. The best time for rooting young shrubs is spring or early autumn. At the beginning of the year, they wait for the last snow to leave the soil, butthe buds on the trees will still be closed. And in the autumn, planting is carried out before the onset of the first frost, in late October - early November.
Future jasmine flowers are placed singly or in small groups of 3-5 bushes. It is worth considering that in cramped conditions this plant has much fewer fragrant inflorescences. For large types of mock orange, the distance between the bushes should be at least 1.5-2.2 m, and dwarf varieties can be content with 0.8-1 meter. The depth of the planting pit should not exceed 40 cm, but in the case of poor soil, another 20-30 cm of soil is taken out and fertile soil fertilized with ordinary mineral top dressing is placed in its place.
During planting, the roots of the plant are immersed in an earthen mash, and after strengthening the shoot, all branches are cut off at a height of 2-3 buds. Jasmine flowers will please the eye longer if you do not forget to water the mock orange during the main growing season. It can be fertilized with slurry diluted 6 times, or with special granules, which are applied to wet soil and lightly sprinkled with earth before the next watering.
The mock orange does not like a large number of weeds, the most dangerous "neighbors" are wheatgrass and ordinary dandelion. Also, the plant will not give abundant flowering without regular loosening of the soil, and to combat the meadow bug, you should use an infusion of hot pepper, hot garlic or field mustard. There are also indoor jasmine flowers. Photos of experienced gardeners confirm that it is easy enough to grow such a shrub in a large tub on a bright terrace orbalcony. For the winter, the street mock orange is tied up so that the adhering snow does not break the plant, and it is not too cold in severe frosts.
The beautiful flowers of edible jasmine varieties are harvested and dried at the time of maximum flowering. Harvesting is carried out early in the morning before the dew falls, at this time the buds have the least excess moisture. Following this rule, it will be easy enough to dry the flowers, which means providing your family with delicious tea or outlandish jam. Mock orange is not recommended to be planted near the windows of the bedroom or nursery, as the sharp aroma can cause headaches and even allergy attacks.