Jasminum sambac - Jasmines are known for their fragrance and are symbolic in the East for good tidings. We grow four wonderful sambac varieties, each representing something a little different. ‘Belle of India’ is revered in India for its wonderful rich scent. ‘Flore Plena’ is best known as the flower of choice in Asian weddings. ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ and ‘Maid of Orleans’ can both be used as an intoxicating jasmine drink: place the flowers in a jug of water the night before, then strain and sip the following morning. Magic, romance and love are the hallmarks of this wonderful collection of jasmines.
To grow the sambac varieties:
Remember, they are warm, lowland tropical plants and need a warm root system. The most vigorous is ‘Maid of Orleans.’ Slower growing varieties are ‘Flore Plena’ and ‘Grand Duke.’
• Use clay pots to maintain healthy roots.
• Bring soil to visual dryness between waterings.
• Occasionally bring to a slight wilt between waterings.
• Moderate amounts of fertilizer, not heavy feeders.
• Stop feeding in winter.
• All respond well to pruning; best not to prune in winter when growth is slow.