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Jasmine stopped flowering

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 22:24

Hi Flo, so how long was it flowering for overall?

Mine got one feed a few weeks ago, then another now, in desperation at so few flowers! No other special treatments and, like you, I tend to lop off the straggly bits from time to time and that's about it.

Mine is in a very deep, smallish bed with little else in it...soil is ordinary compost, about a year old now.

Do they take more than a year to do more?

Thanks for your advice

Jasmine stopped flowering

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 21:58

Thanks, daituom - yes, the flowers were small, white and star shaped.

Do you know of any jasmine officinalis that only flowers once, rather than repeat flowering over many weeks?

 

Acer

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 00:07

I was at the Wisley flower show yesterday and spoke to a lovely lady who specialises in acers - precisely because mine (a purple, palmatum, about 2 ft high) is also going greener now, as well as having slightly dried out/crispy edges to some of its leaves.

She told me that loads of their plants have been suffering too- the change in colour, she thinks, is due to the weird weather, with a late start for the warm season, at a time when the acers would normally be starting to wind down for the year. Apparently this awful Spring we had, and a relatively late summer which is still very warm for the time of year, has tired out lots of acers, especially the purple kind, which are putting less energy into their leaves at the moment.

She told me the crispy edges are normally due to lack of water.

She said the best thing is to feed it with a seaweed fertiliser, fortnightly until the end of October, then again in the Spring.

Hope this helps!

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 23:54

my only plant (planted in July) flowered profusley until late August - it's in a raised bed with sun from midday 'til 4pm or so. There are larger plants like verbena and an acer overhanging it, so it stays quite moist in there too. My soil is heavy, with loads of clay. Do they survive a milder winter, does anyone know?

Jasmine stopped flowering

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 23:47

I planted a jasmine (I think it's an officinalis one, but there was no label, as was a present from someone who bought it in M&S!) against a sheltered, west-facing wall, spring 2011. It has growth beautifully and this year gave a good burst of flowers over about 3 weeks, back in May. Since then, no flowers. I have fed it and it is very healthy with good new growth. My neighbour has her jasmine on an east wall and it flowered for about 3 months - looks every inch the same as my variety (deciduous too). Are there jasmines which only flower once, or is mine just not as happy as it ought to be? I had hoped for a few more weeks of flowers, as it's outside my bedroom window, so with the window open at night, it smells lovely. Thanks!

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 22:13

Another vote for a crammer gardener here too which invariably happens with someone who is plant mad but has tp make do with a 6mx6m urban plot!

My perfect garden would have a little stream running through the back, an area which I could turn into a wildflower meadow, another area dedicated to growing fruit trees (especially damson and bramleys) for all those cakes and crumbles I would be baking), and I'd do my best to encourage loads of wildlife like hedgehogs and frogs too.

But I love the garden I have - it's small, but there is a bit of everything (except the stream!) and have even managed 2 acers, a crab apple and a few potted trees.

Never give up

 

Belfast sink.

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 19:01

agree with Lily re pinching off flowers, as my basils get a bit leggy and tough if the flowers stay on - that said, unless I am using them for pesto, I leave the flowers on some varieties, as the bees and butterflies love them - plus they are very beautiful to look at!

pests

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 18:59

nematoes for slugs completely wiped out the huge slug population in my tiny garden

sedum roof for a small shed

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 18:58

thanks yes, it seems to come fully planted on its own substrate which apparently contains a lifetime supply of nutrients - wonder how that works!

 

Belfast sink.

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 20:03

got mine potted from loal garden ctr, but it self seeds really well too Jean

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