Some sort of jasmine.
I was given a summer flowering Jasmine (can't be more specific I'm afraid) some years ago and promptly ignored it.
It didn't grow but it did flower sporadically and little blush pink flowers opened to glowing white.
Now I'd like to give it a treat. I'm going to dig out all the buttercups from it's pot and weed out the willow herb. Then I'm going to repot it in a giant pot.
What should my medium be? JI + MPC + grit? In what proportions? Bonemeal or chicken poo???
Another problem is that it was started off trained round a cylinder of pig wire and some of those bits are really woody and un-unentwinable. Should I cut it down or try and salvage what I can of the little growth that there is? I don't mind about losing a flowering season; I'd just like to do what would get me back to a nice healthy plant.
I'm sure you will get advice from the JI enthusiasts and also from the MPC brigade so perhaps it is best to start with the pot size and whether or not you will need to move it on a regular basis. I always use peat free MPC because it works fine and it is a lot easier to move giant pots around without ruining your back/knees/anything else that might be under strain. If the pot is to stay in one place then maybe mix JI No 3 with some MPC to give a denser mix for the roots to grab onto.
Maybe cut the plant back and train it up something new to give a bushier look. With a bit of luck it will have gone feral by next summer.
Last edited: 12 August 2016 17:52:17
I did exactly that with a healthy dollop of gravel just in case.
I even managed to untwine (made up word) and retwine (also made up) after I had replaced the plant. I needed several more arms but I wrestled it back ok. Let's face it it didn't have many leaves to lose.
I suspect one of the reasons, apart from neglect, that it didn't grow much was that it was in a "tea bag" module thingy. The creeping buttercups have gone as has the willow herb and the dandelion so hopefully it will pick up soon. I'll maybe dibble in some bone meal too.
This time next year it'll be a plant again!
I hate those "tea bag" modules. The roots are supposed to grow through but it never seems to work.