Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Star of Toscane'
3.5 litre pot
Height of Plant 1.10m inc pot.
Highly scented Jasmine flowers
Star Jasmine is an evergreen climbing plant which can be grown against trellis or wires. It really is the dream plant, as well as being evergreen, in winter the leaves will turn a scarlet red colour and once spring returns, will change back to its deep glossy green foliage. In summer it produces beautiful small butter-yellow flowers which have a fabulous jasmine scent. Once established will grow neatly and steadily up to 30ft. They can of course be pruned or clipped to size very easily. Loves a sunny sheltered wall/fence for best flowering.
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The Star Jasmin is a self clinging climber, they prefer a sunny or partly shaded site, on a warm sheltered wall, ideally grown through a support such as trellis. They like a free draining soil, neutral to alkaline, but will tolerate a slightly acidic soil. If you wanted to grow in a planter or container that would be fine, just make sure the rootball is planted in plenty of multi-purpose compost mixed with some John Innes No 3 compost, and ideally some added grit for drainage and making sure the planter has drainage holes! A newly planted climber †will need to have some of its stems tied in until the plant can find its own way over its supporting framework. When planting against a brick wall, position the planting hole slighlty away from the wall (approx 1ft), walls and fences shelter the rain from reaching the ground below them.
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If necessary, prune in early spring.†
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If planted into a container make sure the plant is watered well during the growing season, as the roots cannot search for water like they do in the ground. In the first year of planting water ground grown plants well and allow to drain well in between watering. Climbers by their very nature need to be grown near a wall or post and the ground directly below these structures is always very dry, so with this in mind keep well watered until established.
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Not normally troubled by any pests or diseases.
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Trachelospermum do not need any special winter care if they are in a farily shelterd position, but winter 2010 was VERY cold, and many plants suffered, if we have those prolonged very low temperatures then protecting the plant with horticultural fleece would be recommended.†
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Plants in the ground will generally fair very well without the need for added nutrient, however to help promote new growth, lush foliage and flowering, give a feed with a slow release fertiliser such as Vitax Q4, Blood Fish & Bone, or Growmore, around the base of the plant in spring. This is more important for container grown plants as their roots will not be able to 'search' for nutrient. For even more healthy growth, during the growing season (spring-summer) a liquid feed such as Miricle Gro or Tomorite on a regular basis will work wonders. Stop feeding after the end of August.