Apr 20, Madagascar Jasmine Care: Grow Stephanotis floribunda as a Houseplant
How often do you find yourself wishing that someone would help you with your plant care? When my lovely azalea Lily of the Valley needed a leg up, I found myself looking for the perfect plant care book. I had gotten the best of everything but the finished product had been an epic battle.
Now that I am leaning on myself, I cannot find the urge to read through four books on germination, IPM methods, soil management, pruning, IPM and Japanese fertilization. I thought about reading Jasmine Care by Takako Kasubi (2015) then I realized I am allergic to arhythmia, so why bother.
The book was not published in Japan until 2012, but I can tell you how good it is and how essential it is to apply that loving care as a no-nonsense easy-to-follow product for verging onto the best! That is because your plant will thank you in turn.
What was good about the book was its clear treatment for palms, and yes, jasmine. The person that wrote it knows what you want and will go out of his way to provide it. Besides the editorial guiding me along, the book had practical and easy to use cultivation tips such as what to grow in a greenhouse and what to do in a flowerbed.
Kasubi’s guide included some common misconceptions.
Overgrowing is an aspect that comes to my mind every time I look at jasmine. They grow well because they cannot be touched or damaged but a plant growing in a pot means digging up the soil around them and re-planting the roots.
Growing jasmine as houseplants is not as easy as growing it in a pot. Still, it is the best plant for a living room. Its scent is amazing and once the cherries ripen you can enjoy your heavenly honeysuckle for a lot longer! Of course, there are many other best houseplants, but jasmine is a good place to start.
Another misconception is that jasmine needs little to no watering. It does, but as with all plants, it goes up quicker in dry areas and down a lot quicker in wet ones. Whether you keep the container filled or not will determine the need for regular watering. Watering is probably the easiest thing to implement in maintaining houseplants as you will never have any need to dig up the plant for potting and removal, they will just shrink.
When I looked at my jasmine over the weekend, I knew it needed something specific. I planted some jasmine in the sunny side of the room but knowing the quick falloffs in these types of plants that didn’t last long with no moisture at all, I purchased some coverings.
I did not read the label very closely but it said it was okay to put down black pebbles along the bottom to prevent soil from sinking. So my little girl and I put the pebbles down and watered. The plants quickly wilt and dry up but somehow my little one decides to wash off the pebbles which takes forever.
I tried washing them too but that is not an option in Japan as the sun won’t dry them out, so we let them dry. Now my beautiful jasmine is fine but I wish I had a bigger place for it and they will feel refreshed as they start to plant more near the foot of the house.
When you get a more ideal size plant, add a pot that is light enough and hardy enough so you don’t have to keep going back to the same spot or decide to add a bag of bamboo to use as a barrier.
Jasmine is a sweet flower but a joy to look at. No plant is the perfect fit for every space as each person’s or houseplant’s needs are different, but JATI always places JATI in the center of the room because it is such a beautiful gift.
The 24 blooms on mine are all pink or pink-pink-pink, but next year will have some purple, which is much easier to handle!