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Origins and characteristics
Jasmine is a perennial shrubby plant and belongs to the genus Jasminum of the Oleaceae family where also the olive tree, native to the Mediterranean basin, Middle East, and several Asian countries such as China and India are part. The etymology of the name Gelsomino derives from Arabic and means "Gift of God", and because of the etymology of the name and the typical characteristics of this plant in many countries it symbolizes purity and femininity.
Jasmine is a highly appreciated climbing plant developed in gardens, parks, terraces, and is also suitable for indoor environments such as apartments. It is a species that is simple to grow because it does not require special care, it is versatile and resistant, it can be used for various purposes such as the creation of hedges, for the covering of gates and walls, and for the creation of natural barriers that are sometimes useful and indispensable for ensuring the privacy of homes.
It adapts to any type of climate and environment, it is easy to grow and gives great satisfaction with minimum effort even for those who do not have the time or passion for gardening. For the planting of the plant is the ideal choice of beautiful sunny and bright places, as these plants prefer direct exposure to the sun. If you decide to put them in your home maybe in pots, it is advisable to place them near windows or natural light sources, this does not mean that they can grow even in the area of half shade, but it is important that at least for a few hours a day they are exposed to light direct. In the summer season does not suffer from excessive heat, vice versa in the winter season does not tolerate prolonged periods of cold, we speak of temperatures that go below freezing level, such temperatures could cause the loss of the leaves, it is a good habit to keep them sheltered especially from frost especially because the roots are very delicate. The climbing jasmine plant does not prefer strong winds, which is why it must be planted away from strong gusts of wind, such as near a wall or behind large shrubs. As for irrigation, the plant is not particularly demanding, in fact it resists without problems to medium long periods of drought, it is to avoid the formation of water stagnations that could cause innumerable damage to the health and development of the plant. It is ideal to water the plant in the summer periods every two weeks, and between one watering and another one must wait until the soil is well dry.
Land and care
The ideal soil must be rich in organic substances, fertile and well drained. To promote soil drainage, it is preferable to insert a quantity of sand and clay into the soil itself, if instead you decide to cultivate the climbing jasmine plant in pots to ensure a good growing soil and indispensable to mix the universal garden soil of peat and sand. It is advisable to either add some leaves in a state of decomposition to the planting directly in the ground or in the pots, guaranteeing a good nutritional supply to the roots, since this plant does not require excessive fertilization. From time to time, especially in the spring and summer period to guarantee a homogeneous and lasting flowering, liquid fertilizer can be used to be diluted in the water of the watering that contains nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, vice versa to guarantee nutrient intakes in winter. the imminent vegetative growth is preferable to proceed with an organic fertilization, that is to say to mix the manure in the soil. All these devices allow the plant to grow vigorously. To keep the growth and the order of the plant under control it is necessary to perform seasonal pruning. To propagate the plant the technique to be recommended is that of the Taleaggio, which consists of cutting the woody branches of about eight centimeters from the plant and planting them in the ground. Being a very prolific plant the roots grow rapidly.
Climbing jasmine: I use jasmine flowers
The medicinal properties of the Jasmine flowers make this plant be used in the herbal and homeopathic field, for the treatment of colds and flu. However, the main use of this flower remains in the field of therapeutic aroma and in the cosmetics industry and strictly female perfumes. The essential oil of jasmine is used exclusively for external applications, one of the uses and to alleviate the symptoms of depression, in fact immerse yourself in the water containing drops of jasmine oil or apply a few drops on the skin and in particular on the wrists and chest it gives a sense of relaxation and inner peace.In addition, the essential oil of Jasmine is excellent as a cosmetic to combat the signs of old age or wrinkles, one of its effects and just tone the skin and fight cracking and redness.
In addition, one of the benefits, already known at the time of the Greeks and Romans, concerns the positive effects that essential oils have on sexual disorders, which is not why the jasmine flower is also called the flower of love.