Orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata or Murraya exotica) is a multistemmed, evergreen shrub desirable for its compact size and strong, pleasing fragrance when in bloom. Native to eastern Asia, this hardy, fast-growing plant is often grown as a bonsai tree. In the spring, it produces blossoms similar to those of orange trees, followed by bright red berries in the summer. Care of the orange jasmine is simple if it's planted in the right conditions.
Plant or place your orange jasmine in a location where it will be exposed to part sun and part shade, such as morning sun followed by afternoon shade, or a location that receives day-long dappled shade. Too much hot, direct sunlight will scorch the leaves of the plant.
Provide well-draining soil for your shrub, as the orange jasmine grows best in soil that does not get waterlogged. Never plant orange jasmine where standing water develops. The soil should be kept moderately moist at all times for optimum growth.
Fertilize your orange jasmine every 20 or 30 days from spring through the middle of fall. Cease fertilizing for one month in the summer. Use a fertilizer formulated for evergreen shrubs, and follow the instructions on the label as per the age and size of your plant.
Prune your orange jasmine back to just two or three leaves after each shoot has produced six or seven leaves. This will encourage bushier growth. You can train this shrub to grow on one trunk, although it is naturally a multitrunked bush.
Monitor your plant for signs of insect infestation. Orange jasmine can suffer from whiteflies. The plant can also develop sooty mold if water is left sitting on the leaves. Treat the shrub with an insecticidal spray or soap if you notice insect activity, and avoid watering in the evening, when water will not evaporate from the leaves.
Things You Will Need
- Watering tool
- Evergreen shrub fertilizer
- Insecticidal spray or soap
- Pruning tools
- Nematodes can be a problem with this plant. These tiny organisms decimate the roots of the shrub, causing it to decline and die. Never plant orange jasmine in soil where you see signs of nematodes.
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