Gardening

Jasmine pruning


How to proceed to best perform the pruning of this plant


For what concerns the operations related to ordinary pruning, the Jasmine is a plant on which it is good to intervene in the spring period, in order to avoid that frosts can cause damage to the branches that have been recently cut.
Most of the commonly cultivated species are climbers, therefore pruning is an extremely important form of maintenance to maintain cleanliness and give order and rationality to the harmonious development of the individual plants.
The shoots that need to be removed are those that are dry or appear weaker.
If during the pruning you happen to notice branches that are too weak now, it is necessary to cut them promptly at the base.
Pruning is necessary even after repotting operations, when the plant must be reinvigorated during the delicate transition phase, to better adapt to its new home.
If instead you notice that the leaves suddenly wither, it means that the watering is wrong, that is excessive or lacking. The soil must always be kept moist, but being careful to avoid the formation of water stagnation that is harmful to the health of the plant.

How the Jasmine flowers appear



As many of you already know, the main quality of Jasmine is in the beauty of its star-shaped flowers, of rather small dimensions, which are generally white (Jasmine common or Jasminum officinale), but it should be noted the existence of yellow flowers and others rose in the lower part of their petals, which are very suggestive.
From jasmine flowers it is possible to obtain delicious herbal teas, chamomiles and thи that are easily available even in supermarkets.
The flowers are hermaphroditic, have five petals, the base has a tubular shape, which opens as it develops upwards. The scent they give off is very delicate and pleasant. The leaves of this plant are oval and green in color.

The ability to adapt to the climate



This plant, native to the East but also to South America, is widespread in Europe and is used above all for ornamental purposes, that is to say to beautify pergolas, fences (we are obviously talking about climbing species) and also gardens, when it is used as an isolated shrub that adds a certain degree of refinement to the context.
One of the secrets of the success registered in this country by this plant is that over time it has proven to adapt well to any type of climate, even if it develops better when the soil is properly fertilized and likes to be cultivated in sunny places. It is however good not to leave it too long exposed to temperatures below 5 or 6 degrees. In Italy, however, it is particularly appreciated in the central-southern regions. A famous perfume for women is also obtained from this plant.

Some of the species most known and appreciated by farmers. Traditional enemies



Nudiflorum and primulinum bloom in late winter, generating beautiful yellow flowers; the azoricum is called trifoliate jasmine due to the characteristic shape of its leaves; the grandiflorum, as the name itself suggests, develops very large flowers, which are born in the months between spring and autumn.
This plant has no particular contraindications or fears serious pathologies, but is subject to classic infestations by cochineals and plant lice, yellowish in color, which must be eliminated with the use of specific, fairly inexpensive pesticides.
More rare is the manifestation of the so-called gray mold, an infection of jasmine that is caused by fungi.

Jasmine pruning: Jasmine in history. Use in the field of aromatherapy


A historically important population like that of the ancient Persians was convinced that jasmine-based oil had considerable aphrodisiac capacities and for this reason it used to offer it to guests during banquets.
In reality, modern medicine has never confirmed such properties, but perhaps the Persians also pointed to the so-called placebo effect, that is, on people's ability to self-suggest. The name of this plant derives precisely from the Persian language and precisely from the word Yasamin, superimposed on the word Gelso. In Europe it came only from the sixteenth century.
Today in the aromatherapy field the essential oil of Jasmine is used for external use and it seems that it has beneficial effects for the many people who unfortunately suffer from depression, which must undergo treatments that involve bathing in water tanks in which they must be paid a about ten drops of pure essence of Jasmine.
In cases of menstrual pain and consequent headaches it is instead possible to spread the oil on the lumbar area a week before the cycle, to get relief.
Noteworthy are also the cosmetic capabilities demonstrated in the fight against wrinkles and the signs of aging in general.
On the market you can find 10 ml bottles at a price of around 10 euros and therefore affordable for all budgets.