Answer: Murraya paniculata, (Orange Jessamine) is an evergreen shrub that is propagated by cuttings or root division rather than by seeds. If you have a plant, you can try layering a stem, or cutting a semi-ripe shoot in mid-summer to increase your stock. To layer, find a pliable stem that will reach the ground, barely nick the underside of the stem, hold the wound open with a toothpick and bury the wounded part in the soil next to the plant. By the end of summer roots should form where the stem was injured. You can separate the stem from the parent plant and pot it up. Or, take a shoot that developed early in the spring but has started to form bark, remove all of the leaves on the lower 4-5 inches, dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant in regular potting soil. By next spring the cutting should produce roots and new leaves, indicating it's alive and well.
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