Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:15
Hi Maria and Beaus Mum
My garden is small and relatively sheltered and for the last 4 years I've struggled with 3 Star Jasmine. One was in a pot and two were in sheltered sunny areas. Immediately on planting all three the first year there were a few flowers and I assumed the second year would see improvement. All three were bought from different places and the two planted in the ground were in places where the soil was improved and everything else grew really really well.
Second year there was more foliage on each plant and no flowers. Buds but never reached flowering. I didn't over-water, thought it must be the soil. Moved 2 the third year - no difference. I ended up having to get rid of all three which was no fun as the foliage mostly grew and grew during the late spring and summers but never reached flowering. I could have kept them another year or two, but they were taking up good space and I admit I gave up.
I live near the Botanics. I looked around the local area and other areas on my way out and about and never came across anyone who had luck with a Star Jasmine. Yet.
There must be an answer Maria - but I haven't found it. However, as yours has buds, it may be the cold as I was warned about cold snaps. The other advice I had was to make sure and water well and leave until ground dry and then water well again.
Let me know how you get on. I'd love to hear of a success in Edinburgh. There are probably hundreds around growing successfully. I'd love to know the secret because I would still love to have one. Coincidentally, I've had the same bad luck with a Jasmine Clotted Cream - but am hoping it might flower well this year.
There is a thread on this forum (I've been absent due to family illnesses for quite some time) where a few people, including myself, had the same problems with Star Jasmine. It will be in the archives here somewhere. You might find some information in amongst the posts from those who have success with Star Jasmine.