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Summer jasmine care: when can the poisonous pot plant out on the balcony and what can you combine it with in the pot?

Jasmine flowering nightshade is one of the most beautiful container and hanging basket plants. Its splendor, its bright white flowers and its slightly overhanging shoots make the summer jasmine a real eye-catcher on the balcony or terrace. However, when can the frost-sensitive exotic be brought back outdoors and with which perennials, grasses and plants can it be combined? We explain what you should know about summer jasmine care in spring and summer.

Summer jasmine care: When can the hanging basket plant go outdoors?

Summer jasmine attracts bee and butterflies

The summer jasmine is one of the perennial bloomers in the container garden. Already in May it forms its bright white flowers, which then decorate the balcony until October. The perennial also bears fruits, but they are poisonous to humans and animals. But not only the berries are highly toxic, other parts of the plant could lead to poisoning or cause allergies. Therefore, families with small children and pets should refrain from planting.

The flowering balcony plant is sensitive to frost

Summer jasmine care how when repot

The exotic, native to South America, can not tolerate frost well and must spend the cold season in winter quarters. The best place for it is a greenhouse or an unheated room, where temperatures vary between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius.  Outdoors, it may only after the Ice Saints, when the soil is already warm and the day and night temperatures are above 10 degrees Celsius.

Harden the houseplant first

Before you plant out the container plant in the garden or put it on the balcony, air the room for 1- 2 hours. To harden off the flower, put it outside for a short time. The next day, the plant can stay outside a little longer. Over the next few days, it should spend more and more time outdoors. Then you can plant it or choose a suitable location on the balcony or terrace. By the way, a good idea is to repot the plant first. After a winter, summer jasmine is heavily rooted and needs a pot at least twice its size.

The right location for the hanging basket plant

The jasmine flowering nightshade is a true sun worshipper. It feels most comfortable in full sun, but it can also thrive in light shade. However, flowering will diminish if it does not get enough sunlight. A shady location makes the plant susceptible to pests and fungal diseases. To prevent infestation, make sure that waterlogging does not form. A drainage layer is therefore an absolute must.

Plant the seedlings at a distance of at least 50 cm. If you want to combine the summer jasmine with other flowers and perennials, then you will need

Summer jasmine care: soil, water and fertilizing.

white flowering climbing plant for sunny balcony

Summer jasmine does well with a standard potting soil if it is first provided with slow-release fertilizer. This flowering perennial needs plenty of nutrients to encourage growth and flowering. As a rule, it grows very quickly. Important condition for this is regular watering – provide the plant with lime-free water. In any case, the soil should not dry up. Summer jasmine prefers a fresh to moderately moist soil. Fertilize the container plant every two weeks during the flowering period.

Do you need to prune the jasmine flowering nightshade?

Summer jasmine does not need heavy pruning, but it is pruning tolerant. It is enough if you shorten the shoots of the perennial by a third after the end of the flowering period. In the spring, just before you put it outdoors, you can remove dead plant parts. If necessary, you can also thin out the hanging plant a bit.

Summer jasmine care: hanging in hanging baskets or as a climbing plant?

Plants for the sunny balcony summer jasmine tips

Summer jasmine has hanging shoots that can grow up to 2 meters long. If you want to save space, you can provide it with climbing support. This involves tying the main shoots tightly to it, so that the plant has more support. The climbing plant is also perfect as a screen and sunscreen for the balcony and is a bee-friendly plant that attracts pollinating insects.

With what flowers and plants can you combine summer jasmine?

Suitable planting partners are mainly flowers and perennials that have similar requirements for location and soil. Such are, for example, the variegated nettle, club lily and some varieties of geraniums . When planting the container is important to calculate the volume of soil. Otherwise, the summer jasmine can crowd out the other flowers.

Summer jasmine is a flowering plant from South America. There it is native to Brazil. In this country, it is mainly grown as a tub plant for the sunny balcony. However, the perennial is sensitive to frost and is overwintered after the end of the flowering period.