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Winter Jasmine

14 November 2017 22:41:28

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I was very interested to read that Elizabeth (Liztai) cuts back her winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) hard every year and it keeps on flowering; while others have commented that this plant just doesn't perform for them.

I've had winter jasmine growing along my north facing wall for many years now, flowering reliably every winter with scant attention, just cutting back the shoots that had flowered by about half every year and letting it hang down in a curtain.  By last year it had grown too far out from the wall, with a lot of dead wood behind, and I wanted to make a path through the back of the border, so for the first time I cut it back really severely in summer 2016 though with great trepidation.  I'm delighted with the result: good new growth this year and it's flowering nicely again now.  So I will follow Elizabeth's example in future and cut it tight to the wall every year. 

For those of you who haven't succeeded with it, maybe it can take a few years to get going but for me a large part of the success is in training it along a wall, fence or trellis to make the most of it.  Left to its own devices, it tends to end up in a gangly unruly heap.


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Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 22:49:16

Joan you kindly gave me some a few years back. Like you say it’s in an unruly heap as it was never trained, this I will do now. But I’ve noticed a couple of flowers on it this week for the first time. The other thing is that it’s on my South facing wall!! Should it be North facing?? Is that where I’m going wrong. I need more walls lol. Yours is looking fantastic 


JoanG JoanG 14 November 2017 23:00:53

I think it will grow anywhere Jackie; one of my neighbours had a small hedge of it in full sun. There are not so many plants that will thrive on a north facing wall, so I'm glad to have it for there! 


Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 November 2017 23:43:10

It looks fabulous with the Pyracantha, Joan.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 November 2017 08:53:34

It is a very good evergreen climber and lovely to have flowering in the dull days of Nov/Dec. I cut it back every year with a hedge clippers after it has flowered. Joan, love the combination of the yellow flowers and the orange berries, oranges and lemons.


fraoch fraoch 16 November 2017 18:52:49

Gorgeous combination,, Joan. My Jasmine flowers well and I only cut back stems that are coming out too far from the wall.


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