How to grow Jasmine indoors

Fragrance Beyond Description in the Dead of Winter

Native to southwest China, Jasminum polyanthum offers a heady perfume—a rich, sweet scent that will fill a house or lightly carry through a southern garden. Its dark leaves provide the perfect backdrop for a late January display of pink buds that open into a mist of exquisitely fragrant white flowers.

This Jasmine was introduced in England in 1931. In the 1950s while on a Christmas visit home to Shropshire, our head gardener came upon a greenhouse full of the exotic vine. Of course he wanted to bring it to Connecticut, so he made about 100 cuttings! As a result, we were among the first to offer this glorious plant for sale in the United States.

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How We Grow our Jasmine Plants

We continue to grow Jasmine at the farm, a process that takes months of care before the plants are ready for shipping. In late spring, rooted cuttings are potted in the greenhouse. They grow rapidly—up to 6 inches a day. As the season progresses, we carefully pinch new shoots back to develop strong, bushy plants. The stems for ring topiaries are slowly trained along wire forms. Pinching stops in early fall and the flower buds appear soon thereafter.

We are pleased to offer our Jasmines in several presentations: trained in a ring, paired with Angel Vine topiaries, growing in a hanging pot or in a grapevine basket. In any form, a plant in bloom will put winter temporarily at bay.

How We Ship our Jasmine Plants

We ship our plants, carefully packaged, with buds already set, so with proper care an explosion of midwinter bloom is assured. This is a tender plant, so we will begin shipping in mid to late November, weather permitting.

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How to Care for Your Jasmine Plant

Latin Name Pronunciation: jaz-mee’-num

The cultural requirements of Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) are simple but exacting. When your plant arrives, put it in a cool room and set it in a window that receives bright light but little or no direct sun. Flowers will open and last longer with cooler home temperatures.

Watering: Water only when the top half inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch; Jasmine won’t tolerate soggy potting mix. If these conditions are met, flowering generally begins in late January or early February.

Jasmines are also sensitive to the dryness created by radiators, hot-air vents, and wood-burning stoves. Here are some ways to increase the humidity around your plants:

  • Run a humidifier nearby.
  • Set plants in trays filled with pebbles or gravel. Add water to a level just below the tops of the pebbles (if the potting mix in the pots comes in contact with the water, the mix will draw water into the pot, which will cause the mix to become saturated, eventually leading to rot). Refill trays frequently to replace water lost through evaporation.
  • We offer Humiditrays that perform the same function as above without the need for pebbles.

After your plant blooms:

  • Give your plant at least 6 hours of direct sun and normal room temperatures.
  • When the danger of frost has passed, we recommend that you set the plant outdoors for the summer, shifting it gradually from a shady spot to full sun.
  • Fertilize every 2-4 weeks during the growing season — generally from early spring to early fall. Withhold fertilizer entirely during fall and winter, when the plant is resting. Use a water-soluble fertilizer designed for houseplants mixed at just half the rate suggested by the manufacturer. As with watering, plants suffer if overfertilized.
  • Prune as necessary to control size or to maintain shape, but stop pruning by August 1, because the plant sets flower buds in late summer.
  • To encourage the formation of flower buds for next winter, be sure your plant experiences the cooler temperatures and shorter days of early autumn. The plant needs 4-5 weeks of nighttime temperatures between 40 and 50°F, plenty of sunlight, and the complete absence of artificial light after sundown. Bring the plant indoors before frost. Then give it cool temperatures and indirect light until it blooms again in late winter.

Caring for Your Jasmine Plants

Jasmine is a tropical plant that is has over 200 species native mostly to Asia, Africa and Europe. For growing in the United States, jasmine plants will grow hardy in zones 9 to 11. Jasmine grows as a woody shrub, trailer or climber, producing delightfully scented white flowers. If you care for your jasmine plant correctly, it will grow up to 2 feet each year.

Soil and Sun

Jasmine is a fairly flexible plant when it comes to sun and soil. It can flourish in full sun or partial shade, and it can be planted in well-draining sandy loam or considerably clayey garden soil. Jasmine plants should get plenty of sun, but they should be kept out of direct mid-day sun if possible. Working compost like moldy leaves into the soil and fertilizing lightly once a year in the spring is helpful. If growing indoors, make sure that jasmine receives at least 4 hours in a window where it gets full sunlight in the winter.

Planting

Because of their fast growth, make sure you space jasmine bushes out considerably. Plant jasmine from June to November, with at least 8 feet of spacing between bushes. For indoor container planting, start in the autumn. Young plants may need support from staking.

Ideal Temperatures

Jasmine will not survive frosty cold weather. Keep air temperatures between 50 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit; better yet, maintain air temperature between 60 and 75 degrees.

Feeding

Fertilize jasmine with fertilizer higher in potassium and phosphorus than nitrogen. Fertilize after a heaving pruning and again in June. Fertilize more often if jasmine isn’t producing much growth or flowers, but no more often then bi-weekly.

Watering

Water Jasmine plants immediately after planting. Water weekly or whenever the top inch of soil dries out until the plant is fully established. Leaves may fade to yellow or brown if soil is too dry or too moist. Most jasmine plants grow between 10 to 15 feet high and 3 to 6 feet wide.

Pruning and Pinching

Pinch off new blooms and shoots from spring through August to encourage more growth, especially sideways. If your jasmine plant is growing too large, prune it down to desired size. Cutting down the entire plant to half its size each spring will help keep jasmine growing tight and full, and it will encourage a higher number of blossoms. Most jasmine plants will begin blooming in January (cut down to half size after blooming stops). If growing jasmine vine as a ground cover, prune off any vertical growth.

Propagation

Jasmine are most easily propagated by cutting off branch ends with at least 2 or 3 sets of leaves, pulling off the bottom set of leaves and planting in a pot with dampened peat moss. To retain a moisture-rich environment, cover the pot with a sheet of plastic, tying to down to create a tent shape. Keep at around 65 degrees Fahrenheit and in a well-lighted area, but out of direct sunlight.

If a plant had a TV show this would be it: “Everybody Loves Jasmine”. Everybody but me and a handful of my fellow gardeners that is. The object of Pink Jasmine’s, aka Jasminum polyanthum, adoration is the sweet-smelling flowers which appear here in winter/early spring and completely cover the plant en masse.

This is a very common vine and can be seen on trellis’ (which they fast outgrow), walls, arbors and chain link fences along with growing up into trees and phone poles. It gets to 25′. You get the picture.

As you can see, the jasmine has left the fence & is twining up through the magnolia.

Here is that very jasmine which the gardener cut all the way down to a low mound. Good shrub, now behave. This falls under the category: think before you plant!

This is what makes Jasmine a crowd pleaser – the abundance of starry white blooms in clusters. They cover the plant & you can’t even see the foliage.

Why am I doing this post if I don’t like the plant you ask? Although the flowers are way too strongly scented for me and it grabs onto anything it can making it pesky in my eyes, Jasmine remains a very popular landscaping plant. It’s sold everywhere. I just saw it at our local Ace Hardware the other day on sale for $11.99 in 5 gallon pots. It was flowering and therefore selling like hotcakes. Nowadays, you can even buy one online.

I was a professional gardener for many years and maintained a lot of this sweet smelling Jasmine so I have some care tips to share with you.

This is the 1 thing I like about this jasmine – the pink flower buds. They’re lovely in bouquets & flower arrangements.

Here’s what you need to know about Jasmine:

* This is a very strong, dense growing vine & can reach 25′. It’s not a small scale plant. Give it room to grow.

* It’s a twining vine & needs some means of support & training.

* It is hardy to 10-15 degrees. That would be USDA Climate zone 8.

* Give it sun if you want it to flower. Not hot scorching sun though, it’ll burn. I’ve seen it growing in shade but it was very leggy with no flowers. That equals no appeal. Part sun will do as long as it’s nice & bright.

* Water it regularly. It can go drier once established but will appreciate & look better if deeply watered every 2 weeks.

* Jasmine starts to flower in winter here but if you are in a colder zone, it may not flower until spring. Enjoy it while you can because it only puts out 1 big bloom a year. Sometimes it puts out a very light bloom in Summer. This plant is also very popular with butterflies & hummingbirds. I know, I’m outnumbered all the way around. Even things with wings love it.

* Keep in mind this plant grows very fast. You’ll need to keep your pruners sharpened unless it can roam totally free where you plant it.

* As I said, it’s a dense growing vine & grows back on itself if there’s nothing for it to grab onto. In other words, it smothers itself & then needs to be cut all the way back. It’s best to keep up with the trimming.

* It’s not fussy as too fertilizer & really doesn’t need it. Applying organic compost once a year will make it happy.

Jasmine is also sold as a container plant. You just want to give it a big enough pot so it has room to grow. As a houseplant, it’s sold on rings when flowering. I’ve used it for weddings and parties but I have no experience with it as a houseplant. It would definitely need good, strong sun and regular water. It’s sold in hanging baskets which are fine for 1 season and then they need transplanting.

I’ve done an updated post on how to grow Pink Jasmine Vine with more info which you might useful. There are some new pics too!

Here’s a close up of that new growth twining up.

Here’s the video about Pink Jasmine which was shot in my neighbor’s front yard:

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Asiatic Jasmine

Trachelospermum asiaticum

Asiatic jasmine is a classic favorite for South Florida, a superb groundcover that likes both sun and shade.

Tough and great-looking when well cared for, this jasmine rarely flowers but forms a blanket of foliage to set off large plants.

These plants do require routine maintenance – keeping the planting area edged and snipping off an occasional wayward shoot that tries to climb.
But other than that, this is an easy-care groundcover, and makes an excellent turf grass replacement for areas where grass doesn’t do well, such as under the shade of tree canopies.

This groundcover can take a while to completely cover an area so you may have to weed in between plants. After Asiatic jasmine is mature, it tends to win the war against weeds.

Though it’s most commonly used in formal landscaping, Asiatic jasmine adds a touch of class to a casual landscape and looks very elegant in a woodland setting.

This plant is usually seen with deep green glossy leaves, but variegated varieties are available.

Plant specs

These plants are cold hardy and do well everywhere in South Florida.

They’re moderate growers that start out somewhat slow and then speed up the growth rate as they become established.

This groundcover takes any kind of light, but seems to do best in part sun to dappled shade.

A newer cultivar called ‘Summer Sunset’ (pictured below) thrives in sun and can turn an all-green landscape into a showplace.

Another showy variety called ‘Snowcap’ (pictured below) is best in shade or morning sun only.

Plant care

Add a mixture of composted cow manure and top soil to the hole when planting.

Keep the area edged so the groundcover stays in bounds and grows back over itself to form a thick mat.

You can mow over it once a year in early spring (mid March) with the mower blade set high (4 inches). This keeps the height more uniform.

Or use a weedwhacker to trim for a level look, but avoid whacking the tree trunk or base of any plant it surrounds.

Water on a regular basis but allow time between waterings for the soil to go dry. Don’t plant in a shaded area that stays moist.

Fertilize 2 times a year – in spring and late summer – with a good controlled release fertilizer.

Plant spacing

Mass plantings of this jasmine groundcover will give the best effect. Place 4″ pots about a foot apart, 1 gallon pots about 18 inches apart.

You can grow this plant in a container.

A.K.A. (also known as): Jasmine Minima, Dwarf Jasmine
GOOD SNOWBIRD PLANT? YES
COMPANION PLANT SUGGESTIONS: These low growing groundcover plants do their best work surrounding a tree. They can also front a hedge like podocarpus or a foundation plant like Indian hawthorne. Or use them around a specimen plant such as windmill palm, king sago, strawberry guava, or weeping hibiscus tree.

Other groundcovers you might like: Creeping Fig (Ficus Repens), Oyster Plant

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Zone 5 Jasmine Plants: Tips On Growing Jasmine In Zone 5

If you’re a northern climate gardener, your choices for hardy zone 5 jasmine plants are very limited, as there are no true zone 5 jasmine plants. Cold hardy jasmine, such as winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), may tolerate USDA plant hardiness zone 6 with plenty of winter protection. However, this is risky business because even the toughest cold hardy jasmine plants may not survive the rigorous winters of zone 5. Read on for more information about growing jasmine in zone 5.

Winterizing Cold Hardy Jasmine

As mentioned above, jasmine may not survive winters in zone 5, which can plummet to -20 (-29 C.). If you decide to try growing jasmine in zone 5, the plants will require plenty of winter protection. Even winter jasmine, which tolerates temperatures as cold as 0 F. (-18 C.), certainly won’t make it through a tough zone 5 winter without adequate cover to protect the roots.

Jasmine for zone 5 need at least 6 inches of protection in the form of straw, chopped leaves or shredded hardwood mulch. You can also trim the plant to about 6 inches and then wrap it in an insulating blanket or burlap. Keep in mind that a sheltered, southern-facing planting location provides a degree of winter protection.

Growing Jasmine in Zone 5

The only way to ensure that zone 5 jasmine plants survive the winter is to grow them in pots and bring them indoors before the temperatures drop. Here are a few tips:

Acclimate container-grown jasmine by bringing them indoors for a few hours per day, beginning several weeks before the first expected frost.

Place jasmine in a bright, south-facing window. If natural light in your home is limited during the winter months, supplement it with fluorescent lights or special grow lights.

If possible, place the jasmine in a kitchen or bathroom where the air tends to be more humid. Otherwise, set the pot on a tray with a layer of damp pebbles to increase the humidity around the plant. Be sure the bottom of the pot isn’t sitting directly in the water.

Move the plant outdoors when you’re sure all danger of frost has passed in spring, beginning with just a few hours per day until the plant grows accustomed to the cooler, fresh air.

Growing Jasmine Plant: Information For Growing And Care Of A Jasmine Vine

The jasmine plant is a source of exotic fragrance in warmer climates. It is an important scent noted in perfumes and has herbal properties. The plants may be vines or bushes and some are evergreen. Most jasmine plants are found in tropical to sub-tropical climates, although a few may thrive in temperate zones.

Protection from cold temperatures is one of the most important aspects of jasmine plant care. Growing jasmine vines can create a perfumed shield over arbors, trellises and fences. The bush types are excellent landscape specimens with starry pink, white, ivory or even yellow scented blooms.

Jasmine Plants

Jasmine plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all jasmine plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance.

Common jasmine is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal jasmine. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian jasmine is a small bush with evergreen leaves.

There are many other varieties of jasmine plant, of which are best suited for sub-tropical climates. Learning how to grow jasmine will add a striking visual and olfactory touch to the garden.

How to Grow Jasmine

Choose a warm, sheltered location when growing jasmine. The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall.

All jasmine plants prefer sun to light shade sites with well-draining and moderately fertile soil.

Install the plant in the ground at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot. Most jasmine plants are grafted onto the common jasmine rootstock because of its superior hardiness.

Care of a Jasmine Vine

Jasmine plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance. The vines need to be trained early when they are young. You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections.

Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.

Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.

The vining jasmine plant is prone to spider mites, which can be combated with horticultural oil or neem oil.

Indoor Jasmine Care

Dwarf varieties of jasmine make excellent houseplants. They require even moisture and a sunny location in the home.

Vines can also be brought into the home and the height is easy to manage with pruning or pinching in the dormant season.

Potted plants do not have access to extra nutrients, so they need fertilizing twice annually.

Watch carefully for pests and water from the bottom to prevent spotting on the glossy leaves.

Your jasmine plant will flower in late spring into summer. Repot it before bloom time in early spring as needed.

How to Grow Jasmine Cuttings

Harvest tip cuttings in spring and plant them for free plants. Dip the cutting into a rooting hormone and push the end into a soilless medium, such as peat. Keep the cutting lightly moist.

Jasmine plant cuttings are best started during June to October. Once rooted, follow general jasmine plant care instructions.

Jasmine

The Pink Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is an evergreen vining shrub with glossy dark green leaves and bearing wonderfully fragrant white star-like flowers during mid spring through summer. Upon receipt, remove the plastic bag from the pot and water thoroughly.

Placement:

Indoors, your Jasmine should be placed in a room with daytime temperatures of 60-70°F and nighttime temperatures no lower than 40°F. During the autumn months, your jasmine needs to receive at least four weeks of night temperatures below 50ºF in order to set flower buds. To thrive and continue blooming, it needs to be placed where it will receive two hours of direct sunlight or very bright indirect light. With inadequate light, the plant will cease flowering and drop some of its leaves.

Jasmine grows well outdoors in a partially shaded area during the warmer weather months but should be brought back indoors before temperatures drop below freezing. In climates where the minimum temperatures do not drop below 20ºF, the jasmine may be transplanted in the ground outside or grown in a container out of hot direct sunlight.

Watering:

Water plentifully during the active growth period from spring to early fall, enough to keep the soil evenly moist. During the cooler months, let the top ½” of soil dry between waterings. It is helpful to apply water to the soil until the excess runs out of the drain holes. This helps prevent salts from building up in the soil and causing the leaf tips to burn.

Pruning:

Jasmine plants grow rapidly and need pruning to maintain their shape. You may prune your jasmine right after bloom and up until early July, after which time pruning should be limited to cutting back only those very long vining branches which throw the plant out of shape. As branches grow, they may be wound around the frame to maintain the topiary shape, securing them by tucking the branch end in-between other branches on the frame, or by tying them with twist ties or green plastic garden tape.

Repotting:

In spring or summer, replant the jasmine into a well-drained pot, which is one size larger than the original pot. Use a commercial house plant potting soil.

Fertilizing:

Apply a balanced fertilizer for flowering plants twice a month from March through September.

Insect Control:

Remove insects by washing off the leaves with soapy water followed by a fresh water rinse. Insecticides, which are formulated for use on house plants, may also be used.

Toxicity:

Plant material such as this product should not be eaten. While most plants are harmless, some contain toxins.

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