Real jasmine or fake jasmine?
It is not always possible to tell whether a plant is real or false jasmine. Only the botanical name allows a conclusion. If it starts with “Jasminum”, the plant belongs to the real jasmine species. The botanical name of false jasmine or pipe bush begins with “Philadelphus”.
- Real jasmine is not hardy!
- Better not to overwinter jasmine outside
- Proper care of real jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Usually the name is not known. In this case, you can ask an experienced gardener. If the plant forms climbing vines, you usually have a real jasmine in front of you.
If you're not sure, plant the shrub in a container. Then you can easily overwinter it indoors.
Hibernate real jasmine frost-free
Real jasmine can spend the summer in the bucket on the terrace or balcony.
As soon as the temperatures start to drop in autumn, bring the bucket indoors. Overwinter it in a location that is cool but frost-free and bright.
If you do not have a bright location, a dark cellar is sufficient if necessary. Real jasmine loses its leaves during the winter break and sprouts again in the next spring.
Get out of the winter quarters from March
Starting in March, you should slowly get the real jasmine used to its outdoor location again. Put it outside for a few hours on frost-free days.
However, he is only allowed to go fully outdoors after the Ice Saints, when there is no longer any fear of frost.
False jasmine or pipe bush is hardy
False jasmine is native to our latitudes and is therefore adapted to winter temperatures. It can withstand temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees without any problems.
Occasionally, some of the above-ground shoots may show frost damage. Simply cut these off in spring.
When does false jasmine need winter protection?
If the false jasmine was only planted in autumn, you should protect the plant from frost in the first winter. The shrub then did not have enough time to form sufficient roots for supply.
Cover the ground under the false jasmine with a thick blanket of mulch
- Lawn clippings
In very rough locations, it can also be useful to put reed mats or similar protective materials around the bush.
On frost-free days you should water the plant occasionally, especially when the winter is very dry.
Jasmine - real or not - shouldn't be cut back in the fall. Real jasmine is pruned in spring, while false jasmine is pruned after flowering.