Briefly: Easy steps to grow jasmine
Jasmine or Mogra as we call it can be grown easily and fetches a good price in the market. If you visit Dadar ( Mumbai) flower market early in the morning you’re likely to come across mounds and mounds of jasmine which are used to make veni and garland. It has to be picked very early in the morning so that to get a price. This attractive ornamental shrub bears dark green foliage and powerfully fragrant white flowers, which only bloom at night. The oil that is extracted from the blossoms forms a base for some of the world’s most popular fragrances. There are lots of varieties of jasmine but it is jasminum sambac which is the best. When given proper care, the jasminum sambac will remain in bloom for six to nine months out of the year, allowing you to pluck to your heart’s content.
Six easy steps to grow jasmine:
- Jasmines thrive in hot, humid daytime environments. One can grow it in most parts of the country preferably in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa etc.
- Choose a planting site for your jasmine. This shrub grows fast and tolerates shade well, so select a location where you can appreciate the full decorative effect of the deep green leaves or where you can take in the fragrance of the jasmine flowers in full bloom.
- Prepare the soil for planting by working in a large quantity of organic material, such as peat moss or compost. Ensure your planting site is moist but well-drained. Jasmine sambac does not cope well with clay-like soil or boggy conditions.
- Apply a general purpose fertilizer once a month from March through November. Water when the soil is dry, being careful not to give the plant too much water.
- Tie new growth to a trellis or establish another system of support. The branches of an average jasmine sambac shrub have been known to reach 8 feet in length, and you may wish to guide the general direction of this growth.
- Prune your jasmine diligently once it has bloomed. The fragrant flowers will only last for one day once they have opened their petals. Regular trimming will help encourage the growth of new wood, and only new growth will produce more flowers.