It is also known in Germany as winter gorse, as its branches remind people of gorse. The charming feature of this winter plant is that its yellow flowers open one after the other, thus providing enjoyment over an extended period of time. The winter jasmine can be cultivated as a hanging or climbing plant. As a climbing plant, the winter jasmine requires a frame which provides it with support; a ladder trellis or another shrub are suitable. As a hanging plant, the winter jasmine looks particularly attractive on garden walls.
Care and location
The winter jasmine does not require particular care, and generally does well all on its own. It is therefore considered an easy-care, robust and long-lived plant. The winter jasmine is not susceptible to disease or pests.
It should be planted in a sunny to half-shade location, ideally protected against wind. The plant places little demands on the soil, but prefers calcareous earth with lots of nutrients. Fertilisation is not required.
The best planting period for the winter jasmine is in spring, as it will then flower the next winter. Because the plant flowers on one-year shoots, it is recommended to cut back the shoots after flowering by approximately a fifth of their length. Even when the winter jasmine loses its leaves in autumn, its green branches ensure that it never looks bare and boring. An interesting fact is that the plant can easily propagate through budding. If a shoot lies on the ground, it will quickly form new roots and later separates from the mother plant. In addition, the winter jasmine can be raised easily in a pot, where it can make an attractive eye-catcher on your balcony, patio or house entrance.
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