Trachelospermum jasminoides Star of Toscana ('Selbra') (PBR)
yellow star jasmine
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A new and attractive woody, evergreen climber with rich, dark green leaves which often turn bronze in winter. Unlike its well established and much-loved relative, its flowers are yellow, but they still have the same sweet perfume. These appear in clusers over along period from summer to autumn. Happiest grown against a warm, sunny wall in milder areas, it is said to be hardy to -10C, but in areas prone to severe frosts it will need winter protection.
- Garden care: After flowering has finished prune back to fit the available space. In frost prone areas, grow in pots of loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes No2 and move to a sheltered spot in winter.
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Q:Hi, would this plant be suitable for growing up a pergola? I am after an evergreen jasmine that flowers in the summer rather than the spring. ThanksAsked on 19/11/2014 by Mac from Berkshire
Yes you could grow this up a pergola, but it is only frost hardy so it will need a sheltered, protected spot where it won't be caught by frosts and cold weather. Hope this helps.Answered on 20/11/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I have had a trachelospermum jasminoides for 4 years (in a large pot) but for the last 2 summers it has not flowered. Should I be feeding it with something to enable it to flower?
Thank you.Asked on 8/29/2014 by Diana from Hampshire
It may need a larger pot as these plants can get pretty big, so think about potting it up in autumn. Also, in spring next year, you can also start feeding with a general purpose fertiliser such as MiracleGro.Answered on 9/1/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:How to look after trachelospermum jasminoides, feed, watering etcAsked on 7/8/2014 by Mrs Courtenay from `wiltshire
Ideally you should plant it out so it can grow against a sunny, sheltered wall. It should be kept well watered during the growing season and fed (following the instructions on the packet) with a good, general purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 or MiracleGro. If it gets too big you can cut it back to its allotted space immediately after flowering.Answered on 7/10/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I am not really a plant person (and is probably a stupid question) but buying this for a friend for her birthday which is in July. As you have this special offer on I want to buy it now but wanted to check that it will keep until her birthday?Asked on 6/20/2014 by babyblue from Aylesbury
This plant will keep in its pot until July, provided it is kept outside in a sheltered spot and watered regularly.Answered on 6/26/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Hi, would this be suitable for growing in a north east facing conservatory?Asked on 5/13/2014 by Bee from Devon
Ideally this should be planted in a sheltered spot outside, however it may be possible to grow in an unheated conservatory in a very large pot filled with John Innes No2. They do prefer a sunny spot however, so may not flower so well in shadier conditions.Answered on 5/22/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:could this grow up a cedar tree - partial shade all year round? The tree is in a flower bed. It has a 3 metre bare trunk (with netting) before branching, so not very atractive lower down. If not what alternate climber would you recommend - not necessarily evergreen.Asked on 5/11/2014 by hedgepig from North London
I don't think this climber will cope with the conditions you describe, in fact most plants will struggle as I imaging the well-established root system of the cedar will be taking up the available water and nutrients. If you want to try something, then I would suggest a tough plant like one of the Hederas.
Please keep in mind however that even these will need to be kept really well fed and watered if they are to survive,Answered on 5/12/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:How big a container would I need to grow this plant in?Asked on 5/6/2014 by mit from Islington
I would plant it in approx a 50cm pot, in a John Innes No 3 compost, but do keep it watered and don't let it dry out.Answered on 5/8/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Can l grow this in a pot on a west facing wall ?Asked on 4/18/2014 by Violet from Farnham,surrey
Yes this lovely climber is suitable for a warm sunny, west facing wall in milder areas. It is classed as 'frost hardy' so will need some protection from cold weather and frosts.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 4/22/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
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