Jasmine - WHITE JASMINE (Trachelospermum jasminoides) - Information & Care

Posted on 13 May 06:40

WHITE JASMINE (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Trachelospermum jasminoides: is a species of flowering plant, in the milkweed family of Apocynaceae; native from eastern / southeastern Asia into Japan, Korea, southern China, and Vietnam.

Common names include: Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, and Trader's Compass.
Left to itself, Trachelospermum jasminoides is an evergreen woody vine. Ours have been trained into a bonsai tree form.
The shiny dark leaves are opposite, oval to lanceolate, with an entire margin (smooth) and an acuminate apex (tapering to a point).
The waxy snow white flowers; are about 1" across, with a tube-like corolla, opening out into five petal-like lobes, borne in clusters of 3-12 and are intensely fragrant. They fade to pink as they age.
The fruit is a slender follicle containing numerous seeds.
White Jasmine blooms throughout the summer in cooler climates; in warm climates it will bloom almost continuously.
For use in high end perfumery; White Jasmine’s valuable, perfume oil is extracted, using steam distillation or tincture processes, from the flowers. In a dilute form, flower tinctures are often used in Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai incenses. Authentic, Thai Jasmine Rice is made by steeping 20 flowers in a liter of water overnight; then using the strained water to cook long grain rice.

How To Take Proper Care Of Your Indoor Bonsai Tree

Bonsai is the reproduction of natural tree forms in miniature. This art form has its origin in China and Japan where it has been practiced for centuries. Bonsai are plants grown in pots; they are totally dependent on you for their care.
With proper care, your bonsai will remain healthy, beautiful and miniature for many years to come; increasing in beauty as it matures through the years.
The instructions below are just the basics and, therefore, we recommend that you purchase one of the many fine books available on the subject.
White Jasmine will thrive indoors in high light and appreciates being kept outdoors during the spring and summer.  When night time temperatures drop below 45 degrees, we suggest that you place the tree on a windowsill or on a table in front of one with good light.
Once nightly lows begin approaching the 45 degree mark, it is time to bring your indoor bonsai inside for the winter.
The ideal indoor location is on a windowsill facing south. An east or west exposure is second best. A northern exposure will work, but will necessitate the use of "grow lights" to provide sufficient light to keep your bonsai healthy. Four to six hours of sunlight per day should suffice; if you can provide more light, so much the better.
The watering of your bonsai must never be neglected. Apply water before the soil appears dry; never allow the soil to become completely dry. It is a good idea to use a moisture meter until you get to know the requirements of your bonsai tree. Water should be applied until it begins running out of the holes in the bottom of your pot. It doesn’t really matter “how” you water your tree, but rather that when you are finished the tree has been well watered.
During the cold months, when your bonsai is inside, we recommend placing it in a shallow tray filled with a layer of gravel & water. This provides extra moisture around the tree; as the water evaporates. This is important to the health of your tree during the winter, when modern heating systems reduce the amount of moisture in the air, which can dry plant leaves.
Fertilizing is necessary for your bonsai is to remain healthy and beautiful.
Since your bonsai is growing in such a small amount of soil, it is necessary to replenish the soil's supply of nutrients periodically.
Any general-purpose liquid fertilizer will do fine and is available at most garden centers. We suggest that fertilizers be used at half their recommended strength.
Fertilizer should be applied at least once a month, except during winter. Your bonsai will also respond well to foliar feeding; use a water-soluble fertilizer, applied every other month, as a spray.
This brief explanation of basic care does not cover training.
Bonsai training deals with the art of bonsai and should be thoroughly understood before undertaking, or left to a professional.
However, most of the true bonsai trees you find have already been through their “basic” training period, thus requiring only periodic trimming and pinching to remain miniature.
Trimming and pinching keep your tree miniature.
Pinch and trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point. Never remove all of the new growth. Some new growth must be left to sustain the health of the tree. (recommendations vary , but leaving about 1/3 of new growth is usually safe)
Tropical and sub-tropical trees used for bonsai will require periodic pinching and trimming throughout the year. Since different trees grow at different rates, it is necessary to evaluate each tree’s rate of growth and adjust your trimming and pinching to accommodate it.
Since your bonsai is a tree in miniature, it can be treated for insects and diseases the same as any other tree. If you discover any insects or diseases, visit our website where you will be able to obtain the necessary products to eliminate the problem.