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How to Grow Jasminum

Jasminum grandiflorum
Spanish jasmine, Jasminum grandiflorum

Jasminum is a vining tropical plant that is primarily grown for its clusters of tubular, star-shaped flowers that are often sweetly fragrant. Jasminum commonly has rich, deep green lance-shaped leaflets often with shoots that will twine around supports.

Some Jasminum species will grow to 20 feet (6m) in tropical regions. Some species are mounding and shrub-like. Jasminum can be trained against support or can be allowed to trail across the ground. Jasminum can be grown on a trellis, fence, or arch. They can be allowed to run down a slope or over a wall.

Jasminum grows best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Jasminum should be protected from cool or constant breezes.

Jasminum is a genus of about 200 species of evergreen and semi-evergreen climbers and shrubs. Jasminum is native to woodland and scrub in tropical and temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Get to Know Jasminum 

  • Plant type: Evergreen and deciduous vines and shrubs 
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 6 to 9, and in sheltered spots in Zone 5 
  • Hardiness: Half-hardy
  • Height and width: 15 feet (4.6m) tall in warm regions if not pruned; in cooler climates from 3 to 8 feet (1-2.4m) in height; 5 to 10 feet (1.5-3m) wide
  • Foliage: Long arching stems with shiny dark green leaves that are composed of three slender 1 inch (2.5cm) leaflets; young branches remain green throughout winter 
  • Flowers: Star-shaped 1 inch (2.5cm) white and sometimes yellow flowers 
  • Bloom time: Early spring, and even in winter in the South 
  • Uses: Mixed borders 
  • Common name: Star jasmine, confederate jasmine
  • Botanical name: Jasminum 
  • Family name: Olaceae 
  • Origin: Europe, Asia, and Africa 
Pink jasmine, Jasminum polyanthum
Pink jasmine, Jasminum polyanthum

Where to Plant Jasminum

  • Plant Jasminum in full sun or partial shade. 
  • Plant Jasminum in fertile, well-drained soil.   

When to Plant Jasminum

  • Plant container-grown Jasminum in spring or autumn.

Planting and Spacing Jasminum

  • Space Jasminum 5 to 10 feet (1.5-3m) apart.
  • Jasminum are sometimes tied to a trellis or wall in the manner of a climbing rose, but they are most frequently grown as a shrub.  

How to Water and Feed Jasminum

  • Give Jasminum regular water.  
  • Feed Jasminum with an all-purpose organic fertilizer in spring. 

How to Care for Jasminum

  • Jasminum branches can be cut and easily forced into bloom indoors in midwinter. 
  • Since all Jasminum flowers form on previous season’s growth, not on current growth, all pruning should be done immediately after flowering.  
  • Jasminum plants can be pruned severely after flowering without greatly reducing the number of flowers the following season.  
Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum
Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum

Growing Jasminum as a Houseplant

  • Jasminum grandiflorum, J. nitidum, J. officinale, and J. polyanthum can be grown as houseplants.
  • Jasminum prefers average temperature indoors, direct light, and average to high humidity.
  • Grow in well-drained, soilless medium and keep the medium evenly moist during spring and summer. In fall and winter, allow the medium to dry slightly between waterings.
  • Fertilize monthly during spring and summer
  • After the plant has bloomed prune it back to 6 inches high.
  • Provides plants with a trellis, wire hoop, or other support.
  • Plants benefit from being placed outdoors in summer.

Jasminum Pests and Diseases 

  • Aphids, scale insects, and mealybugs can attack Jasminum.
  • Root rot, fungal and bacterial leaf spots, and viruses can occur.

Jasminum Propagation 

  • Propagate Jasminum from softwood cuttings of young growth in late spring or early summer, from semihardwood cuttings or more mature growth in mid- or late summer, or from hardwood cuttings of dormant leafless growth in fall or winter. 
  • Jasminum can also be propagated by forcing a branch to grow roots by ground layering.    
Arabian jasmine, Jasminum sambac
Arabian jasmine, Jasminum sambac

Jasminum Jasminumarieties to Grow 

  • Jasminum angulare, South African jasmine. Evergreen vine grows 10 to 20 feet tall; leaves divided into three leaflets; bears unscented white flowers in groups of three in summer; flowers slightly more than 1 inch (2.5cm) wide.  
  • J. floridum, showy jasmine. Evergreen to semievergreen grows to 5 feet (1.5m); lustrous dark green leaves have three to five leaflets, and the yellow five-lobed flowers bloom in cymes from mid- to late spring. Zones 8 to 10.  
  • J. grandiflorum (J. officinale grandiflorum), Spanish jasmine. Semievergreen to deciduous vine; grows rapidly from 10 to 15 feet (3.1-4.6m); glossy green leaves with five to seven leaflets, each 2 inches (5.1cm) long; fragrant white flowers, 1.5 inch (3.8cm) across, in loose clusters; blooms all summer; gives open, airy effect along fence tops or rails.  
  • J. humile, Italian yellow jasmine. Evergreen similar to J. floridum but more upright; grows to about 6 feet (1.8m), and having less glossy leaves; blooms later with slightly fragrant flowers. ‘Revolutum’ may be more cold hardy. Zones 8 to 10.  
  • J. mesnyi, primrose jasmine. Evergreen mound to 8 feet (2.4m) high and half as wide, with trailing branches and double flowers in early spring; dark green leaves with three lance-shaped, 2-3 inches (5.1-7.6cm) leaflets; square stems; bright yellow, unscented flowers to 2 inches (5.1cm) across are semidouble or double, produced singly rather than in clusters; can be clipped as 3 foot (.9m) high hedge; good for training against a wall.  
  • J. multiflorum, downy jasmine. Everygreen vine often trained as shrub; stems and leaves have a downy coating, producing an overall gray-green effect; often called star jasmine in Florida. Main bloom season comes in late winter or early spring.  
  • J. multipartitum, African jasmine, evergreen shrub. Sprawling growth to 2-3 feet (.6-.9m) tall, 10 feet (3.1m) wide. Pink buds at branch ends open into fragrant white summer flowers divided into 8-12 narrow segments.  
  • J. nitidum, Shining jasmine, Angelwing jasmine. Evergreen to semievergreen vine; requires long, warm growing season to bloom satisfactorily; not hardy below 25°F/-4°C; moderate  growth from 10 to 20 feet (3.1-6.1m); leathery, uncut, glossy medium green leaves to 2 inches (5.1cm) long; fragrant flowers shaped like 1 inch (2.5cm) pinwheels open from purplish buds in late spring and summer; flowers are white above, purplish beneath, borne in clusters of three. Often sold as J. magnificum.   
  • J. nudiflorum, Winter jasmine. Deciduous arching or climbing shrub, 4 feet (1.2m) high and 6 feet (1.8m) wide if grown in a border or down a bank, up to 10-12 feet (3.1-3.7m) high if trained against a wall; bright yellow axillary flowers are 2 inch (5.1cm) tubes with spreading lobes 1 inch (2.5cm) across, appearing for a long period in late winter before the foliage. Zones 6 to 9.  
  • J. officinale, Common white jasmine, Poet’s jasmine. Semievergreen to deciduous twining vine resembles J. grandiflorum; grows to 30 feet (9.1m); fragrant white flowers to 1 inch (2.5cm) across; blooms all summer and into fall; rich green leaves have five to nine leaflets, each up to 2.5 inches (6.4cm) long.  
  • J. polyanthum, winter jasmine. Grows to 10 feet (3m); has seven leathery, lance-shaped, 3-inch leaflets per leaf; flower buds are pink, and open white, fragrant 3/4 inch, star-shaped flowers in winter and spring; can be kept to 3 to 5 feet tall indoors by pruning.
  • J. sambac, Arabian jasmine. Evergreen, twining clumber or scambler; grows 6 to 10 feet (2-3m); lustrous, dark green leaves; soe in worls; leaflets to 3 inches long; bears cymes of start-shaped,scneted white flwoers that fade to pink.

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