Sunday, February 17, 2008

Jasmine

Jasmine, the most fragrant of tropical flowers, originated in Persia.
(These days we call it Iran.)Hundreds of dainty, white buds and a few early-blooming, star-shaped flowers fill my room with a fresh breath of tropical air. Granted, I have a small house but it seems the entire place is filled with the sweet exotic fragrance of this pretty plant.

Ms. Jasmine was a Valentines gift and such a lovely plant that it inspired me (me!) to clean the house!


Not that Jasmine.
This Jasmine!

Imagine... this tiny flower multiplied by hundreds. It's going to be a breathtaking show!

So, naturally I jumped onto Google to see if anybody anywhere knows how to take care of her properly. I'm staring at 500 buds. When she bursts into bloom, I might have to start a whole 'nother blog!

I bounced from one gloom and doom site to another. Ooh, I hate that!

Why put forth the time and effort of building a website if all you're gonna do is rain on my parade? My favorite was the site that claims she won't bloom at all if there is a temperature variance greater than 10 degrees.

So, I'm gonna do what I always do. Wing it. And, I'll bet that's what you do, too. Instinct. We gardeners can keep most anything alive...

~ Indoor flowering plants flower longer when removed from direct sunlight.
~ Once they reach flowering stage, most indoor plants prefer cooler temperatures.
~ Flowering is hard work! A light dose of fertilizer helps the cause.
~ Improve humidity: double-saucer your houseplants so much-needed moisture can evaporate up into the leaves.

7 comments:

Kylee said...

Ooooooh! That's going to be just gorgeous and smell fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I've heard that it will grow but the flowers won't open.

Wunx~ said...

You the Master Gardener, your jasmine will bloom! You show those nay-sayers.

GardenJoy4Me said...

I wish we had a "smell" option here (most times ? LOL) I would love to have a wiff of that gorgeous jasmine !
Joy

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dan said...

will Jasmine grow indoors at high dry altitudes?

Kate said...

Hi, Dan;
Mine seems to be doing very well. I posted this blog entry about a year ago. My jasmine is still alive, about double in size.

Consistent water, monthly fertilizer helps. I put an old humidifier in the midst of my plants in winter and that helps a good bit with the dry air.