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I cannot get my Carolina Jasmin to flower. Am I in the wrong zone for this vine?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Buckeye from Hurricane Creek, TN
Carolina jessamine is a native evergreen vine with beautiful, fragrant yellow flowers that bloom in the spring. It has small, dark green, waxy leaves and can grow up to 20 feet long. Carolina jessamine does well in zone 6 and in the South. Growing Carolina jessamine can be easy if you have the right tools and follow these simple steps.
Difficulty: EasyInstructionsThings You'll Need:
Step 1 Water the Carolina jessamine. You should keep this vine moist by watering it regularly. Set a sprinkler near the Carolina jessamine on a low setting and leave for 15 to 20 minutes twice a week or when the ground is dry around the vine. You can also place a garden hose 6 inches away from the base of the vine and leave it trickling for 30 minutes. Make sure it is well drained.
Step 2 Feed the Carolina jessamine. Be sure it is planted in quality soil that has some sand and clay in it and feed it monthly with a fertilizer containing phosphorus for a young plant and a balanced 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer for a well-established plant. You can find this fertilizer at your local nursery. Do not fertilize in the fall and winter, just during the growing season.
Step 3 Prune the Carolina jessamine. You should prune the vine immediately after it is done flowering. Remove dead and broken vines and shape it to fit whatever fence, trellis, arbor or mailbox you have attached it to.
Step 4 Need to move your Carolina jessamine? If you plant your vine somewhere and then change your mind, keep in mind that Carolina jessamine does not move well. You should try not to move it because you will have to replicate the soil, light and water exactly for it to survive.
Step 5 Troubleshoot the Carolina jessamine. Pests do not often attack this vine but you should watch for large numbers of insects that seem to always be around your vine. If this should happen, use an insecticidal spray on the leaves. If this does not help the problem, catch one of the bugs in question and take it to your local nursery for identification. There are not a lot of serious diseases that this plant can contract. Leaf spots are brown or black spots on the leaves of the Carolina jessamine; they can be caused by bacteria or fungus. Remove the affected leaves and keep fallen leaves raked up from around the base of the plant. A fungicide spray can be used on the leaves for leaf spots caused by fungus. Good luck.