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Rincospermum

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How and when to water

The rincospermum (Trachelospermum jasminoide), of the Apocynaceae family, is a perennial climber native to China and Japan. It is also called false jasmine, because of the white and fragrant flowers very similar to those of jasmine, which bloom, with a truly luxuriant flowering, in May-June. The plant then blooms a second time in August, albeit more modestly. The rincospermo grows at a reduced speed in the first years of life, to become much more vigorous around the fourth or fifth year. The foliage, with thick dark green foliage, lends itself well to create green screens on balconies, walls, and wherever a cultivated creeper can develop. Among the treatments it requires are watering, which the rincospermum want frequent (even daily) and copious throughout the summer. In winter, on the contrary, it is necessary to wet only if it does not receive rain, or in case of long drought. When the irrigations are neglected, typically the false jasmine does not show dry leaves, but only a certain opacity and lowering of the same. However, this should not reassure you: you need to wet it immediately. Too much humidity instead leads to redness of some or many leaves.


How to take care of it

The cultural care of rincospermum they require planting in a soil rich in humus and well drained, therefore, for example, a soil with a high percentage of peat mixed with clay. If grown in pots, it should be capacious, both in width and in depth. Being a creeper, changing the pot is difficult, so it is better to immediately opt for a model of suitable size, then renewing the topsoil layers every year. Ditto for the support on which the rincospermum will climb. Multiplication can take place by apical cutting (taken in the summer season), making it root in water. Once rooted it is inserted in a small pot with light but fertile soil, to be kept in a fresh and bright environment. The following spring the new seedling can finally be planted. It must be said that in the case of rincospermum the operation is not always successful; this, combined with the fact that it is an economic plant and which grows slowly when young, can lend itself towards the purchase. As for pruning, even if the fake jasmine tolerates them well, it is better to do them in the summer but not during the blooms.

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