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Gardening tips: plant a star jasmine

Then visit Kew’s orchid festival and protect houseplants from spider mite

Plant this For an evergreen climber with a scent that knocks your socks off come summer, look no further than star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). It needs full sun and a sheltered spot.

Visit this Kew’s 25th annual orchid festival opens on 8 February, showcasing the wildlife and culture of Indonesia. Expect stunning displays of orchids, including an erupting volcano made of the flowers as a centrepiece. Until 8 March, details at

Spray this If your houseplants look under the weather, check the backs of the leaves for white grainy stuff around the midrib, and a filigree of webbing: sure signs of a spider mite infestation. These microscopic pests suck sap from leaves and can kill plants if left to run riot. Remove the worst affected leaves and spray with SB Plant Invigorator, wiping leaves daily to dispose of the mites and their eggs.

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