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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.

Repotting Jasmine Plants: How And When To Repot Jasmines

Compared to most other houseplants, jasmine plants can go a long time before needing to be repotted. Jasmine likes to be snug in its container, so you really have to wait until it’s almost pot bound before giving it a new home. Repotting jasmine is a straightforward process, not much different from repotting other plants, except for the extreme amount of roots you’ll have to deal with. The secret to your success will be when to repot jasmines, not how to repot a jasmine. Get the timing right and your plant will continue growing year round.

When and How to Repot a Jasmine Plant

As a jasmine plant grows, the roots wrap themselves around inside the pot, much like any other plant. The proportion of roots to potting soil slowly changes, until you have more roots than soil. This means the amount of material that holds moisture is less than when you first planted. So when you water your jasmine plant and it needs watering again after two or three days, it’s time to repot.

Lay the plant on its side on some old newspaper inside or in the grass outdoors. Pull the root ball from the pot by tapping gently on the sides, then slide the roots out. Inspect the roots. If you see any black or dark brown pieces, cut them off with a clean, sharp utility knife. Loosen up the roots with your hands to unravel the tangles and to remove as much of the old potting soil as possible. Cut off any long strands of roots that have wrapped themselves around the root ball.

Make four vertical slices in the sides of the root ball, from the top to the bottom. Space the slices out equally around the root ball. This will encourage fresh new roots to grow. Plant the jasmine with fresh potting soil in a container 2 inches larger across than the one it previously lived in.

Jasmine Container Care

Once you get the plant settled in its new home, jasmine container care can be a bit tricky indoors. This is a plant that loves a lot of bright light, but not direct noonday sun. Most jasmines that do poorly after being brought inside in the fall do so because they’re not getting enough light. Try putting the planter in an east window with a sheer curtain between the plant and the glass, or a southern-facing window with the same setup.

Jasmine is a tropical plant, so it likes soil that’s constantly moist, but not soaking wet. Never let the soil dry out completely. Check the moisture level by sticking your finger into the potting soil. If it’s dry about half an inch below the surface, give the plant a complete watering.

Jasmine Propagation: Tips For Seed Starting And Rooting Jasmine Cuttings

Propagating your own jasmine plant is the best way to get more plants while guaranteeing they’ll do well in your environment. When you propagate jasmine plants from your yard, you’ll not only make copies of a plant you love, you’ll get plants that thrive through your local weather. Jasmine propagation is possible in two different ways: rooting jasmine cuttings and planting jasmine seeds. Both methods create healthy young jasmine plants that can later be transplanted into your garden.

When and How to Propagate Jasmine Plants

Jasmine originated in the tropics, so it will grow best when transplanted outdoors once the weather approaches summer temperatures. Find out when your local temperatures will average 70 F. (21 C.) during the day and count back from then to determine when to start your jasmine seedlings.

Jasmine seeds

Start jasmine seeds indoors about three months before your outdoor planting date. Soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting. Fill six-pack cells with potting soil, and soak the soil completely. Allow it to drain before planting, then plant one seed in each cell. Cover the six-packs with plastic to help retain moisture and place them in direct sunlight.

Keep the soil moist while the seedlings sprout. Repot seedlings when they get two pairs of true leaves, putting each seedling in a gallon-sized planter. Keep the plants indoors for at least one month after this, or grow your jasmine as a houseplant the first year before transplanting outdoors.

Jasmine cuttings

If starting a jasmine plant by rooting jasmine cuttings is the way you’d rather propagate, start by making cuttings of the stem tips from a healthy jasmine plant. Make the cuttings about 6 inches long, and cut each one directly below a leaf. Strip the leaves from the bottom part of the cutting and dip it in rooting hormone powder.

Place each cutting into a hole in damp sand in a planter, and place the planter in a plastic bag to hold moisture. Keep the planter in a 75-degree room (24 C.) out of direct sunlight. Roots should develop within a month, after which you can transplant the jasmine plants into potting soil to strengthen their root systems before putting them into the garden.

Tips for Propagating Jasmine

Jasmine is a tropical plant and loves to be kept moist at all times. If you can’t mist or water new seedlings multiple times a day, install automatic watering systems and plastic covers to help retain moisture.

Keeping soil moist doesn’t mean allowing the plant’s roots to soak in water. After a thorough watering, allow the planter to drain, and never leave a planter sitting in a tray of water.

How to Cut and Transplant a Jasmine Vine

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When you have a desirable vine or shrub such as jasmine (Jasminum) in your yard, you may decide that you want more of it — or that you want to gift some to others. Depending on the variety, jasmine grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 6b to 11a, making it a fragrant and eye-catching addition to many landscapes. Jasmine flowers are often white, but some species display pink, yellow and even red blossoms. The best time to start your cuttings is in midsummer when the parent plant is at its full size but has not yet begun to go dormant.

Wipe down your hand pruners with a mild bleach solution, consisting of nine parts water to one part bleach, to avoid spreading diseases from plant to plant.

Look for stems of your existing jasmine that are about 6 to 9 inches long and firm but not totally woody, meaning they’ll be easy to bend slightly and will be greenish-brown, but not all brown. Locate a leaf node — a place on the stem where a new leaf is budding — and cut the stem at a 45-degree angle just below the node, using a hand pruner.

Trim away the leaves and stems at the bottom 3 to 4 inches of the new cutting, using your hand pruner or a clean pair of scissors.

Fill a 12-inch garden pot with mature compost, and water lightly.

Place your new cutting into the pot, with its bottom about 6 inches from the bottom of the pot. Place it in a sunny window or in a cold frame or greenhouse where it will stay warm over the winter.

Dig a hole at the depth and width of your pot in early summer, ideally in a location near a wall, trellis or other support that will allow the jasmine plant to grow up onto it. Jasmine likes full sun or partial shade.

Turn your pot over and gently loosen the soil at its edges, allowing the soil, root ball and transplanted plant to come out from the pot. Squeeze the soil a little to loosen the roots.

Place the entire root ball into the hole, making sure the soil line of the root ball is at the soil line of the ground, or just below it. Cover the area with a fine layer of the excavated soil.

Water the transplant lightly, allowing water to pool slightly at the top.

Growing jasmine throughout the year

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Last updated on 21 August 2019

Few climbers can rival this plant’s beauty and fragrance. By choosing a combination of different varieties, you’ll be able to enjoy its delightful scent all year round. Follow these tips on growing jasmine throughout the year.

Jasmine at a glance

Position: does best in full sun or partial shade.
Plant: in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.
Flowering season: spring, summer, autumn or winter, depending on the variety.
Water needs: moderate.
Frost tolerance: generally semi-hardy to hardy.

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Plant these jasmines

Spring-flowering Jasminum polyanthum

One of the most prolific flowering plants of the entire jasmine group, J. polyanthum has delicate evergreen foliage that belies its hardy nature. From late winter through to spring, thousands of pink buds appear all over the plant and erupt into clouds of sweetly scented white flowers that last for a few days before being replaced by yet more blooms. It will grow both in full sun and semi-shade.

Landscaping tips: Reaching 4-5m, this jasmine is incredibly aggressive in its growth habits, so if you have a smaller garden, contain its roots in a pot to prevent it from taking over. However, if you have a wall or trellis that you want to cover quickly, then this is the plant for you.

Autumn-flowering Jasminum sambac

More commonly referred to as the Arabian jasmine, this bushy 3 x 3m climber produces scented white blooms for many months of the year; the flowering season starts in late winter and continues until the following autumn. It was initially grown for its flowers which were used to make herbal teas.

Make your own fragrant cuppa by steeping a few blooms in hot water, or add them to your bath water as a pampering treat.

This plant prefers full sun and is semi-hardy.

Landscaping tips: As it blooms at night, train this jasmine up the pillars of your veranda so you can enjoy its fragrance in the evenings.

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Summer-flowering Jasminum officinale ‘Clotted Cream’

This is a cream-coloured form of the much-loved common jasmine, but with larger flowers with even more fragrance. Not only will this climber fill your garden with its wonderful scent throughout the summer months, its flowers are edible and make a pretty addition to salads and desserts. It’s semi-hardy, prefers full sun and reaches a mature size of 12 x 3m.

Landscaping tips: It spreads quickly in all directions, so it’s a great choice for covering unsightly buildings or large trellised areas.

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Winter-flowering Gelsemium sempervirens

With sprays of scented yellow trumpet flowers from late autumn all the way through to spring, this false jasmine will add a cheery touch to any winter garden. Reaching 3–6m, this plant grows in full sun or semi-shade and is frost hardy. Take care when pruning it as the sap may cause skin irritations.

Landscaping tips: G. sempervirens has a light, airy, twining habit that works well in an informal setting, especially when it’s combined with other spring- and summer-flowering climbers. Allow it to scramble over fences or up a trellis.

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