Jasminum sambac is more commonly referred to as Arabian Jasmine. It is a tender perennial, which is hardy in zones 9 through 11. It can be grown as a bushy vine, or as a shrub. It is believed to be an indigenous plant to India. Jasminum sambac has been cultivated for hundreds of years for its aromatic flowers, which are used to make jasmine tea and for creating leis.
Growing a Jasminum Sambac
Jasminum sambac is easily grown from cuttings, according to floridata.com. Snip off a 4- to 5-inch section of jasminum sambac right below a leaf. Strip off all the leaves except for a pair toward the tip.
Put potting mix into each of your 4-inch pots, until they are full. Compact the soil in each. Water the soil in each until they’re well soaked.
Poke half-inch wide holes in each one of the pots to approximately 3 to 3 1/2 inches deep. Immerse the cutting 1 to 1 ½ inches into the hormone rooting powder.
Shake the cutting gently to remove the excess hormone powder. Place the cutting into a hole. Use your fingertips to push in soil around the cutting. Put the pots into the watering tray. Fill up the tray with approximately 1 inch of water.
Place the tray where it will receive six to eight hours of light every day. Avoid direct sunlight. Keep the temperature in the 60 to 65 degree Fahrenheit range. Inspect the cuttings once a day. While the cuttings are rooting, avoid disturbing them. When they need water (when the soil starts to appear dry) add 1 inch of water to the tray.
In approximately 10 to 14 days you should see fresh growth, which will indicate the cuttings have taken root. Transplant the cuttings within four to five weeks.
Transplanting Jasminum Sambac
Fill up a planting receptacle, which has at least four to five drain holes, with a humus-rich potting mix. Saturate the soil in the pot thoroughly. If planting directly in the ground, turn over the soil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
Dig a hole 1 to 2 inches wider and deeper then the pot itself. Make sure to remove sticks, rocks and weeds from the hole.
Strike the rim of the pot with your trowel until the pot starts to slide off. Remove the pot. Hold the plant by the root ball only.
Center the plant into the hole. Plant it a half-inch deeper than the surrounding soil. Add or remove soil so that the rootball sits firmly on the soil. Add water to fill the hole half way up. Fill up the hole with dirt as soon as the water has drained away. (See the tips section for more information on caring for a jasminum sambac).
Add water to fill the hole half way. Fill up the hole with dirt as soon as the water has drained. (See the tips section for more information on caring for a jasminum sambac).
Things You Will Need
- Jasminum sambac cuttings
- Garden snips
- Potting mix
- Hormone rooting powder
- 4-inch plastic pots
- Watering tray
- Jasminum sambac prefers full sun but can be grown in partial shade.
- According to the University of Hawaii, the idea temperatures for growing jasminum sambac are 80 to 90 degrees during the day and 70 to 80 degrees at night.
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