Jasmine Flowers are very beautiful and fragrant flowers which are ideally suited to gardens all around the country. Jasmine has a unique subtle smell which is a favorite among perfumes. There are actually many different types of jasmine, there are shrubs and vine varieties. Most types of jasmine have a distinctive smell.
Growing your very own jasmine plant isn't actually as easy as you might imagine, as long as you have the right tools and equipment to care for the plant you shouldn't have a problem.
Step 1 - Taking a Cutting
The first thing that you need to do is get your hands on a cutting from another plant. Taking a cutting from jasmine and getting it to grow is actually very easy. You will have much better success taking cuttings from jasmine flowers if you wait until after the plant has flowered before taking the cutting.
If you don't already have a jasmine flower in your garden then you will need to speak nicely to someone you know. Alternatively you can purchase a jasmine plant from a flower shop although this will be a much more expensive option.
Taking cuttings can be a little bit hit and miss and this means that there are no guarantees that a single cutting will take. It's a much better idea to take a number of different cuttings so that you can have the best chance of succeeding. If you do get more plants than you need then you could always give some away to your friends.
Step 2 - Planting Your Cuttings
When you're ready to plant your cuttings you need to start by making sure that your soil is planted in well drained soil. Jasmine prefers warm climates although it can also be grown inside a glasshouse if it's too cold outside. You need to dig a small hole in the soil and then plant the cuttings so that they are positioned into the soil. Make sure that the cutting is partially covered and then pat the soil down gently.
When the cuttings have been planted you should then enrich the soil by using matured compost. You can either purchase compost or you can make your own by mixing up grass cuttings, leaf mulch and leftover fruit and vegetables.
Step 3 - Avoiding Pests
When jasmine is well established it's quite a hardy plant however when growing it from a cutting you will need to be careful. You need to keep an eye out for any pests or diseases which could affect the health of your plant. The diseases are normally more of an issue when trying to grow jasmine indoors in a glasshouse. When growing jasmine outdoors the plants are much healthier and pests should also be less of an issue.
Step 4 - Caring for Your Plants
You need to be watering your plants every three days or sometimes more in very hot weather. Jasmine can survive in quite dry climates however this could cause the leaves to fall off. It's also important that you take special care of the jasmine flowers while they are still in their infancy.