Trachelospermum thrives in very free draining soils of moderate to high fertility. It prefers neutral to alkaline soil conditions, but will grow in slightly acid soils.
Full sun or dappled shade is required, with shelter from cold, drying winds. A south, south-west or west-facing wall would be ideal.
When growing in a south-facing conservatory or glasshouse, shade from direct sunlight may be needed to protect the leaves from sun scorch.
Trachelospermum can be grown in a container in John Innes No 3 potting compost, or in a good quality multipurpose or peat-free compost.
Watering and feeding
Water plants freely during the growing season (especially container grown specimens) to ensure that they don’t dry out. Water only sparingly during the winter, allowing the surface of the compost to dry out between waterings.
Top dress garden specimens with a general fertiliser such as Growmore, Vitax Q4 or blood fish and bone using the application dose on the packet (or 50-70g per sq m (1½-2oz per sq yd) if no dose given).