Excellent for introducing scented glamour into courtyards, city gardens or roof terraces and in warm sunny borders at the foot of a sheltered south-facing wall
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Flower colour: white flowers
- Other features: very fragrant flowers
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
An attractive woody, evergreen climber with rich, dark green leaves which turn bronze in winter. Clusters of fragrant, pure white flowers are produced from mid- to late summer. It is best grown against a warm, sunny wall in milder areas or in a greenhouse or conservatory in areas prone to severe frosts.
- 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 frost-free spot in winter.
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can you please tell me how large the Trachelospermum in the 10lt pots are - photo would be useful? I want to grow them against a long south facing fence - how far apart would you space the plants?
thanksAsked on 5/11/2013 by plantmad from Reading
The Trachelospermum jasminoides in a 10lt pot is about 1.75m tall. These are lovely plants but they are only frost hardy, so do need winter protection. The spacing of the plants depends on how patient you are waiting for them to cover the fence. They can grow to 3m wide x9m at least, but if you want more instant cover plant them closer together and then prune after flowering to keep in check.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 5/16/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:I have a pair of star jasmines about 2m tall, bought last year and planted in pots. They are in an unheated, south facing conservatory. One is looking fine but the other has developed large brown patches over many of its leaves. They both have plenty of new growth and buds. I think I have treated them both the same, (their position is close to one another so as to make no difference in terms of shade etc.) so I wonder what could have gone wrong? Could you advise on possible reasons and what to do, please?Asked on 4/17/2013 by Trugmeister from Buckinghamshire
These plants are rarely troubled by pests or diseases, so I suspect it is a cultural problem of some sort. It is difficult to pinpoint from your description, but if the leaf tips or margins are going brown, then this usually indicates drought or scorch of some sort. If however the discolouration is radiating out from the centre of the leaf, then the most likely cause is waterlogging.Answered on 4/18/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Hi there. I am thinking of planting a couple of these climbers - but the winter warnings are something I need to gain more knowledge on.
Planting in Glasgow, a south east facing wall that gets plenty of sunshine, good drainage.
I want to plant these to climb and cover a fence - but this has the disadvantage that I can not take them into the greenhouse in the winter. Can I protect them in the winter when planted or do I need to look at a better suited plant?
AndrewAsked on 4/10/2013 by ManInBlack from Uddingston
It is very difficult to be too specific. These plants are frost hardy and that means they will tolerate short periods of light frost. Having said that I have had reasonably heavy snow on mine several times without protection and it has come through it with flying colours. If you want to have a go, then the best way to protect them is to mulch the roots in autumn and cover the foliage with a layer of frost fleece during the worst weather.Answered on 4/10/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:I recently took delivery of a trachelospermum jasminoides. This is tightly twisted around the supporting cane, in a downwards direction too. I began to untwist it with the objective of fastening it to supporting wires, but then wondered if I was doing the right thing. Can you advise me how I should be treating this plant?Asked on 4/4/2013 by Rosegarden from Durham
The growers of these plants have wound the stems around the canes as they grow, so you will get a more mature plant. When you want to plant it, you should gently unravel it and then re-tie the stems onto your supporting wires or trellis.Answered on 4/5/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Can I keep a 'Star Jasmine' in a pot?
Hi, Am I right to assume that a 'Star Jasmine' has to be planted out in the garden and not kept in a pot? JoeAsked on 4/12/2010 by Joe Donnelly
A:Hello Joe, These plants get pretty big, but I have seen them growing in really large pots (around 80 x 100cm) where they do well if kept really well fed and watered. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/13/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climber for South facing wall
Dear Sir/ Madam, I wanted to order a couple of climbers for a south facing wall. I already have a Virginia Creeper growing but the wall is concrete and looks terrible in the in winter. Have you got any recommendations for an evergreen climber that would grow well on a south facing wall, and also grow with a Virginia Creeper? Kind regards, RolandAsked on 12/10/2009 by s8films
A:Hello Roland, The best will be the Hederas, which are self-clinging like the Parthenocissus - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/ If however you can put up a network of wires or trellis, then you can choose from any of the following. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Star Jasmine won't flower?
I bought a Trachelospermum jasminoides 3 years ago. I bought the smallest size so anticipated that it would take a couple of years to establish itself. I've been feeding it with Miracle-gro during the growing season and it is now starting to grow well over a south facing wall, though it is planted near a honeysuckle so it does get some competition for food and water. There is an abundance of new stems covered in pale green new leaves this year but still no flowers. What do you think could be the problem? Yours, DermotAsked on 7/15/2009 by Dermot Kerrigan
A:Hello Dermot, There are a number of reasons why plants dont flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite.Answered on 7/15/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climber for a difficult area
We currently have a hyperactive Passion flower plant which we planted as camouflage over external plumbing against the front, west-facing wall of our house. It is planted into the very narrow border (0.5 metres wide) which runs most of the width of the house. The soil is very poor, dry, sandy soil which despite digging in lots of compost remains very poor. It receives lots of sun. The big downside is that the vigorous shoots wheedled their way under the cladding on the house and have also got into the roof which is clearly undesirable. Can you recommend an evergreen I can replace it with? I have considered Trachelospermum jasminoides but don???t know what support that would require to climb up. What are the merits of one of the Pyracanthas in that position? Thank you for any assistance you are able to give in solving our camouflage dilemma! Kind regards, CoraAsked on 6/18/2009 by Cora Terry
A:Hello Cora, I am impressed that your Passion flower is so happy as they are not the easiest plants to grow! The Trachelospermum is my favourite climber, and while it is a slow grower it is well worth waiting for. It will eventually get pretty big though so it may be too big for the spot - it will also need a sturdy support for it to climb onto. A Pyracantha would also be relatively slow growing, but would be more manageable, and I have never heard of their roots causing any problems with the foundations. They will need a framework of wires or trellis to grow onto, and you will need to tie these in as it grows. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/19/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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