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Beginner Gardening: Carolina Jasmine?

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Bella Vista, AR
(Zone 6b)

March 2, 2008
8:13 PM

Post #4613260

I just got my hands on a Gelsemium sempervirens (carolina jasmine) and am trying to decide where to put it. I read that it is a good climber, so my "gate-sized" trellis will be too short, I think. I am not sure I should put it against the siding anyway.

Now I am considering putting it against a porch post, the one on the farthest left in the picture.

If you have experience with a jasmine, would anyone tell me about their climbing habit? Would it climb a post without a trellis? I have also read that it can be pruned to keep it under control. Does it get out of control rapidly? I am thinking ahead about the need to paint the porch posts at some time. lol

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Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 3, 2008
3:29 AM

Post #4614967

This vine can get enormous, so you need to use it in the right place. It also grows pretty fast, so you'll have your posts covered in no time.

It twines, so it will need to be tied to the posts while it gets going since it doesn't have "feet" like ivy. It doesn't have tendrils either, the tips of the vines weave in and out and wrap themselves around whatever support you give them.

It does tend to get "top heavy" so to keep it in check, you'll probably have to thin it out on a regular basis once it's established.

Here, it blooms in late winter and early spring and gets a few flowers at other times of the year.

I think it's native to your part of the country, so it should do well for you.
Bella Vista, AR
(Zone 6b)

March 3, 2008
1:19 PM

Post #4616064

I can always move it or cut it out later, I guess... I'll give it a try.

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