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Jasmine Not Leafing Out

ddo101ddo101 Posts: 18
Hi everyone, looking for a bit of advice.  I planted two jasmine climbers in clay pots on my southeast facing patio with the intention of letting them climb up our wooden pergola.  Unfortunately, during the first growing season, they never really leafed out very fully nor flowered very much at all.  This spring will be the second growing season and whilst they have grown a bit in terms of length, I'm looking for some ideas to improve their rigour this year.  I do see leaf buds along the full length of the stems including near the soil surface, so I'm confident they are alive.  They were potted in john innes no. 3.  I'm wondering if I should perhaps repot with fresh soil/compost, simply add some fresh compost to the top, or feed (or some combination thereof). I think they'd probably be happiest if I planed in the earth, but I cannot do that for logistical reasons.  Appreciate any thoughts you might have.  Thanks!


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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    These Jasmines do not do well in pots. They have the potential to get very big so need to be in a much larger container or in the ground. I suspect it is not thriving due to this. Also, they need to be in quite a bit of sun for flowering too.
  • SophieKSophieK Wimbledon, LondonPosts: 242
    I'm with Borderline. Full sun and preferably in the ground.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,219
    There seems to be a border just to the side. Could they not go into the soil there? otherwise, you need enormous pots.
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 736
    Agree that they will be happier in the ground. The aspect should be fine, we had one facing east and it flowered well. It’s quite early yet, we have one and it’s not in leaf, just starting to show signs of stirring.
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  • ddo101ddo101 Posts: 18
    Posy said:
    There seems to be a border just to the side. Could they not go into the soil there? otherwise, you need enormous pots.
    Yes, there is a border nearby for the one in the photo, but there is a very mature fern there (which I'd cut back during a recent tidy) and I'm worried there isn't enough room.  Perhaps I can dig a bit and see how expansive its root system is and perhaps tuck adjacent. 
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,219
    Jasmine grows to considerable lengths. Could you plant beyond the fern and train the growth where you want it?
  • ddo101ddo101 Posts: 18
    Posy said:
    Jasmine grows to considerable lengths. Could you plant beyond the fern and train the growth where you want it?
    Great idea. I'd not considered that!
  • Thought I'd share the results six months later.  The advice of putting them in the ground was spot on.  What a huge difference!

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,219
    Excellent!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Great result @ddo101  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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