While most green thumbs understand the importance of these pollinators, having plants that attract bees is a must if you want them to pay your garden a visit.
While a green space loaded with inviting scents can work wonders for human inhabitants, other locals will be sure to thank you for it as well. In fact, some flowers produce specific fragrances to help attract pollinators to spread their seeds, which aids to encourage a happy ecosystem for all the inhabitants of your garden.
Although there are plenty of scents to choose from, one of the most popular in Australia is the humble jasmine flower. While not all varieties of jasmine are fragrant, come spring and summer, this low maintenance climber will be covered in tiny white blooms and become one of the key features of any garden.
Despite the potential payoffs, jasmine flowers need to receive specific care in order to encourage a healthy root system, strong growth habits and happy blooms – so how do you grow jasmine plants at home?
How To Grow Jasmine Plants In Six Easy Steps
As a part of the olive family, there are surprisingly over two hundred different types of jasmine vines and shrubs. While not all of those varieties are available in Australia, the most popular include the highly fragrant Chinese star jasmine, the yellow trumpet-like Carolina jasmine, the traditional white scented jasmine polyanthum, and the sweeter Arabian jasmine.
Once you’ve settled on your winner, learning how to grow jasmine is a must if you want to cultivate a happy and healthy plant. Although jasmines are considered to be easy to grow with no serious pest and disease problems, it’s important to pay attention to your planting position and other long term care tactics.
Pick Your Position – As a general rule, jasmine will grow well in full sun to partial shaded areas. Summer-flowering jasmine does better in a sunny spot, while other varieties, such as winter jasmine, like a more shaded area.
Check Your Soil – Jasmine flowers need well-drained but moist, moderately fertile sandy loamy soil, so make sure it’s suitable before you add the plants. In addition, it’s a good idea to get the soil in tip top shape prior to planting, so consider using a plant probiotic like Biotic Booster.
Get The Dimensions – If you’re adding jasmine flowers to your garden, dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. If adding to a pot, choose one at least 600 mm wide. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
Water Well After Planting – Form a doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant’s root zone, as this helps keep water where it’s needed. Water after planting to settle the soil around the roots, and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
Don’t Forget To Mulch – Mulch stops the top of the soil drying out, keeps the soil moist, and can reduce watering by about 60%. As such, be sure to mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
Once you’ve added jasmine flowers to your garden, it’s only a matter of time before important pollinators such as native bees and bird life start to visit your backyard on a regular basis. To ensure that you’re providing a safe environment for them, steering clear of chemical based weed solutions is a must – but what’s the alternative?
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Bioweed is an organic, non selective weed killer that works fast on contact with the weed, in order to rapidly desiccate and burn even the most stubborn of plants. It can be used anywhere around the house including garden beds, veggie patches, paths and driveways, and is safe to use around children, animals and even native wildlife.
The best part? Bioweed is the brainchild of well established agricultural leaders greenPRO, and is backed by over twenty years of research and development. Owned and manufactured in Australia, the primary ingredient of Bioweed is actually sustainably sourced pine oil, and is even approved by NASAA, ACO and APVMA for use around organic farms and food production.
If you’re on the hunt for a nature friendly weed killer, or simply want to know more about eliminating weeds safely – check out other tips and tricks in our online advice forum, or contact us for any further queries.