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Jul 19, 2012 1:07 PM CST
|Since starting this blog I had to send the original Maid of Orleans plant to "Jasmine Heaven".|
She outgrew every container I had her in and last summer she began showing her unhappiness in the very large muck bucket (with holes in the bottom for drainage) so, as much as it hurt me to do it, I cut her back and made hundreds of cuttings. I shared them with the farmers market down the street since that is where I got her and I wanted them to have some of her back. I kept some for myself just because I felt I could not part with her. I had her for more tan 7 years and she was part of my family. (Crazy old lady I am). I kept 105 cuttings and planted them last July.
The winter of 2011 was very warm in comparison to our other winters. I have two heaters going all winter but this past winter I had one going when needed. The sun was so warm and bright for winter, I over watered the cuttings trying to keep the humidity up and I lost all but 13 of the little Maids.
Those survived the winter and I put the shade cloth on late winter and these came back and began to bloom when they were only 10 months old. They are now a year old and almost every one of them has buds or are in bloom.
I also have three other three year old stock plants from the same original plant and they are just beautiful now also. They are blooming and have been outside since April. I paid $11.95 for the original Maid and I sold her cuttings and her babies for 7 years. She gave me so much pleasure because she would bloom for months, rest and bloom again in her special place in the Greenhouse. As much as I miss her, she is still alive and with me in her off springs.
The jasmine fragrance can not be duplicated and is the most soothing aroma I have found.
Just wanted to share my babies with you and if you want to add one of these to your collection I would suggest you visit my stores.