Orange Jasmine Plant Care
The orange jasmine is a large multitrunked shrub that is typically found throughout India, China and Southeast Asia. It produces fragrant jasmine-scented flowers at different intervals through the year along with bright orange to red fruit. It requires moderate watering and fertilizing as well as occasional pruning throughout the year. Overall, the orange jasmine is a hardy shrub that does not need much care.
- The orange jasmine plant grows best in moist, well-drained environments. It also needs a place that is warm with full sun to partial shade to grow properly. Once you have found the perfect spot, plant the orange jasmine from early summer to late fall, or from the months of June to November. Remove any weeds around the area in which you plan to plant the jasmine. If you are planting more than one jasmine plant, keep both plants at least 8 feet away from one another. This way, you will avoid later growth of the plants from jamming together, according to the website, the Flower Expert. The Flower Expert also recommends tying the younger shoots of the plant to the sturdier stems to give them support.
Once you have finished planting the jasmine, it should start to flower six months. The plant produces white flowers that are typically about 1 inch in size. Once the plant has fully matured, it will reach a height of about 10 to 15 feet, growing about 12 to 24 inches per year, according to the Flower Expert.
Watering and Fertilizing
- Water and fertilize your plant. According to Plant-Care.com, the orange jasmine should be fertilized every 20 to 30 days from early spring to midautumn, with a month break during midsummer. It also needs light to moderate watering, applying slightly more water during the warm summer months. The orange jasmine should be provided full sunlight for at least four hours a day. It also needs protection from white flies and parasitic nematodes, which can cause leaf damage to your plant if not properly protected. White flies can be killed using fly traps, while nematodes can be killed with pesticides.
- Since the orange jasmine is a type of shrub plant, it needs to be pruned occasionally to help control the plant growth. According to Plant-Care.com, new growth on the plant needs to be pruned to a few leaves after the shoots have six or seven seeds. This will help stimulate lateral growth rather than vertical growth.