Jasmine Plant Care: How to Care for Jasmine Plants

The plant produces charming little star-shaped white blooms that often have pink highlights on the petals. In addition to looking beautiful, the Jasmine flower also has a pleasant sweet smell that is calming to your body.

Jasmine flowers and their essence are commonly used in perfumes, essential oils, and aromatherapy due to their pleasant and relaxing scent. The extraction of jasmine oil is a meticulous process that requires a large number of flowers to produce a small amount of highly concentrated oil.

How to Jasmine Plant Care

Soil – The soil that your Jasmine plant should be planted in can vary quite a bit. I like to use an organic blend of porous material as well as bark, peat, and other soil that drains well.

Sun  – Jasmine plants like bright sunlight, so if the plant is indoors, make sure that it is getting sunlight for up to four hours a day. Having the plant in front of a southern facing window will do wonders for its growth. During the winter months, the plant will not need quite as much direct sunlight.

Temperature – Being a tropical plant, Jasmine plants are able to handle hot and humid temperatures, but they will not survive cold, winter temperatures. When growing Jasmine, try to keep the temperature between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. After the plant is through blooming, you can keep the plant in a cool room, but no cooler than 41 degrees.

Water – Jasmine plants need a lot of water, especially when they are in bloom. It is best to always keep the soil slightly moist. The plants should be watered on a weekly basis, but if the soil becomes dry before that, water the plant early.

Fertilizer – When fertilizing a Jasmine plant, you want to use a fertilizer that is rich in potassium and phosphorus. This type of fertilizer will help extend the bloom time of the plant. Indoor Jasmine plants should be fertilized at least twice a year, but during the growing season of spring and summer, liquid fertilizer can be fed to the plant every few weeks.

Winter Care

Jasmines are easy to care for in the winter, but you should cut back on the amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizer that you are giving it. In addition, the plant will be fine in cooler rooms of your home; as long as the temperature does not drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the plant will be able to endure the cold winter months indoors.

Pruning

Shrubby varieties of jasmine need regular pruning to keep plants maintained. Many shrubby types will run or vine if left unchecked. Keep up with regular pruning on shrub types to prevent them from getting too gangly. Pruning should be done after the major bloom cycle, but the plant can also be lightly pruned throughout the year. To help maintain plant growth, prune plants after a heavy bloom cycle.

Types of Jasmine

The biggest difference between jasmine varieties is their growth habit. The most well-known types are vines, especially Jasminum polyanthum. This jasmine makes a great gift in late winter or early spring and can usually be found in florist shops and trained on a trellis.

Shrubby jasmines are less aggressive than vines but require more maintenance. Jasminum sambac is one of the main varieties. While this species of jasmine is generally marketed as a shrub, it can be trained as a woody vine as well because of its loose, sprawling habit.

  • Angel Wing Jasmine
  • Arabian Jasmine
  • Winter Jasmine
 

Angel Wing Jasmine

Jasminum nitidum is a great plant for cascading over the edge of a container. Angel wing jasmine has fragrant, pinwheel-shaped flowers that are white with bold purple undersides.

Arabian Jasmine

Jasminum sambac is an evergreen vine with fragrant white flowers throughout the year, though they appear heaviest in summer. This is one of the best jasmines to grow indoors.

Winter jasmine

Winter jasmine grow in well-drained soil in full sun. If growing against a wall or fence, train the stems up a trellis or wires, and prune regularly to prevent bald patches appearing. Otherwise grow it over a low hanging wall or in a large pot, where its stems can trail over the sides, to beautiful effect.

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