This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Catalonian Jasmine, Jasminum grandi-florum, is a native of the East Indies, and was introduced in 1629. In its native country it is an evergreen climber, attaining a height of over twenty feet, but in cultivation it is not often seen growing as a climbing plant.
The foliage is light, airy and graceful, and the deliciously fragrant, star-shaped, pure white flowers, are produced in the greatest profusion, from October to May, and it is extensively cultivated by all florists for its flowers, which are extensively used by bouquet makers.
It is a plant of easy cultivation, merely requiring a compost made of two-thirds loam and one-third well-rotted manure, well mixed; good drainage is indispensable, and a temperature of of 50° will suit it very well. The plants should be cut back into shape, and planted out in the open air the first week in May, and taken up and potted carefully about the middle of September.
If large specimens are wanted, do not cut back so severely, but train the shoot on a neat trellis and allow the branches to droop. Thus treated this Jasminum will form an elegant specimen plant, well suited for the decoration of the window garden or conservatory.
It can also be grown as a climbing plant by planting it out in a well prepared border, or in a large pot or tub, where, if a little attention be given as to training, it will soon attain a height of ten to fifteen feet, covering a considerable space; or it can be trained up the rafters of the greenhouse. I prefer to cultivate this Jasminum as a pot plant, so that it can either be planted out or plunged in the open air during the summer months. When it is grown inside it is liable to become infested with the scale to which it is unfortunately very subject. This Jasminum is easily propagated by cuttings but fine string plants can easily be obtained by layers during the summer season.
I think that if Mrs. R. P., who inquired for a free flowering white climber, in the August Monthly, page 237, will try this plant grown as a climber, she will be pleased with it, and that it will prove very satisfactory. I hope that she will try it and report the result.