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How do you care for a star jasmine vine?

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Star jasmine is easy to care for as long as it is planted in a mild climate. It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 through 11.

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How do you care for a star jasmine vine?
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Star jasmine is an evergreen vine that produces fragrant white flowers in the spring and summer. It is a fast-growing vine that grows best in full sun to partial shade. It should be fertilized at the beginning of the growing season with a 10-10-10 fertilizer solution. Light pruning during the early spring helps the vines retain their shape. Any dead or yellow leaves should be removed during this time. Flowers should be removed immediately after they've finished blooming.

Although star jasmine is resistant to most plant diseases, scale insects and mealybugs can be a problem if control measures are not taken. A good spraying with insecticidal soap on a weekly basis takes care of mealybug infestations. Applications of horticultural oil gets rid of scale insects.

Star jasmine needs loose, rich soil that is well drained, but it is not necessary to fertilize them unless their leaves turn yellow in the spring. This could be a sign of a nutrient deficiency, so a fertilizer formulated for blooming plants should be used according to the directions on the package.

Star jasmine is not a true jasmine, but nonetheless, it is well-loved among gardeners who enjoy vining plants that feature flowers with enchanting aromas.

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