Tuesday, August 26, 2014


On favorable condition, Melati gambir can grow well and produce flower buds all year round.
Flower buds will pop up so bountiful during the rainy season.
These plants need enough water to set up their flower buds.

New plants from layering are usually ready for blooming about six months after transplanting, even earlier.
The peak of the flowering year are on the 3-4 years after planting.
Each plant can produce 50 grams of flower buds daily, even more.

These flower buds are picked a day before blooming.
And the buds are harvested every day in the morning until the mid day.

One day before blooming, the flower buds have pink-pale purple color.

From the picture above :
M : full blooming
M-1 : a day before blooming
M-2 : two days before blooming
Karuk : 4-7 days before blooming

Here there are Lady pickers  that have special work on picking Melati gambir buds.
They only pick M-1, and sometime M-2 accidentally picked.
Only jasmine pickers that really understand which buds are ready to be harvested.
They pick Melati gambir buds quickly and accurately.Full bloomed flowers are not harvested, cause the fragrance doesn't strong enough.
Today we have talked about harvesting the flower buds, tomorrow we will talk about the distribution.
Hope you all enjoy this series.
Have a wonderful day...


  1. Muito interessante, não conhecia essa planta. Obrigada por compartilhar.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.
    Anajá Schmitz

    1. Thank you, Anaja. Hope this series will be useful.

  2. Replies
    1. Yes, maybe these plants are only cultivated in our area. Cause Central Java is the center of cultivation, I have never heard these grown commercially on other place in my country.

  3. I never seen this melati before! It's so lovely and must have strong fragrance I guess! What this flowers used for?

    1. Yes, they have very strong fragrance. The flower buds are used for jasmine tea.

  4. SO very interesting! I can not wait to learn more about them friend! Happy day to you!! Nicole xo

    1. Thank you friend for following this series. Have a wonderful day.

  5. Do the plants keep producing flower buds once picked over - a bit like dead heading

    1. Actually, the lady pickers only pick the flower buds, like as the last picture. So, the harvesting time is a boring time, cause we have to select the M-1 buds from hundreds flower buds on so many stage on each shrub. As perennial these plants keep producing flower buds through the years, non stop.