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Apr 30, 2017 10:38 PM CST
Wish to put all in hanging planter so they defend instead of trellis. In so. Dak. So have to bring indoors. Plus always wondered how to "trick" fragrant exotics to bloom in winter in northern hemisphere. Any books or suggestions can build high humidity acrylic w/ LED grow lamps. Thank you.
Name: Elaine
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May 1, 2017 8:38 AM CST
Hi and welcome. The only "trick" with star jasmine is to keep it warm and give it enough light to keep it blooming indoors. Humidity and water/feeding are good too but mine blooms in winter with fairly low humidity (30% is what I call "low").

They grow as huge landscape plants here and the only thing that stops their blooming cycles - a big flush of flowers every couple of months - is a spell of cold nights here. Now a "cold" night here is any night that gets below 50deg. so you'll be advised to keep a very close eye on your weather.

I would think with four plants, you might want to plant yourself two hanging baskets. They are fast, rampant growers if you keep them happy. You'll be pruning to keep them in bounds and four in one basket will require a huge basket that's going to be heavy and thus hard to move when it comes time to go indoors.

Spray them with the hose until completely soaked every day - if you can leave the hose in the sun so the water you're spraying isn't too cold that will be a good idea, too. After each bloom cycle, give them a haircut (once they're as big as you want them, that is) and a teaspoon or so of fertilizer pellets to keep new growth and the next blooms coming.

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