How to Plant Jasmine Vines


When you think of jasmine, you may think of a sweet, tropical aroma. However, not all jasmines are fragrant, and not all flowers with jasmine in their name are true jasmines. Jasminum or true jasmines vary from vines to shrubs and even evergreen and deciduous species. The most common of the jasmines is the fast-growing poet's jasmine vine because it is the most fragrant variety. These vines require a trellis, arbor or fence for support and are best planted near a walkway or patio.

Step 1

Choose an area that has full sun to partial shade and is well draining. Firmly press a trellis or arbor into the ground several inches and pack the dirt around it until it is stable.

Step 2

Dig a hole three times the diameter and as deep as the container you purchased the jasmine vine in. If the soil is very heavy or poorly draining, only dig down half the depth of the root ball and mound the soil above the ground level to ensure good drainage.

Step 3

Remove all grass, weeds and debris from the soil you dug out. Add one part compost for every three parts of soil.

Step 4

Water the plant while it is still in the container, then gently remove it. Place it into the planting hole so it is straight.

Step 5

Fill in around the root ball with the amended soil and tamp down with your hands. Do not use a tamper or your foot to tamp the ground.

Step 6

Water the plant immediately after planting and every day for three weeks. Cut back watering to three times a week for two months, then gradually reduce watering to once a week during the growing season.

Step 7

Spread a 3-inch layer of pine needle or bark mulch around the plant in a 3-foot circle. This will keep the area weed free and retain moisture.

Tips and Warnings

  • Different varieties of jasmine are hardy in different planting zones. Make sure the jasmine you purchased will survive in your climate.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis, arbor or fence
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Plant ties


  • University of Florida Extension: Flowering Vines for Florida
  • Clemson University Extension: Jasmine
  • Oregon State University Extension: Plant jasmine to scent up garden evenings
Keywords: planting jasmine vines, growing Jasminum, fragrant vine care

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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.