How to Grow Jasmine Plants

Overview

The jasmine plant is a fragrant plant variety that has several different growing habits, according to Oregon State University. Jasmine is found in shrub and vine form, with evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous varieties. Vine varieties can be mistaken for shrubs due to their thick growing habits. Techniques for growing jasmine depend on the variety being grown, but there are a few general rules that apply to almost all jasmine plants.

Step 1

Plant the jasmine in an area that receives partial shade to regular sun. Clemson University Extension says this applies to all jasmine varieties. Place the jasmine at least 8 feet away from another jasmine plant, as they tend to grow out and are quite bushy.

Step 2

Use commercial gardening soil that is fairly neutral in nutrient content, somewhere around 7.0 on the pH scale. The soil requires moisture daily during the summer when the plant is getting started, and regular moisture--at least twice a week--when established.

Step 3

Pinch off buds regularly to promote new growth in the plant. According to Brent Waltson of Evergreen Garden Works, pinching is the removal of the new growth off of a twig, or the removal of two nodes from a three-node shoot. This promotes the growth of buds behind the pinched area and shortens the branch to prevent overgrowing. Jasmine plants require pinching frequently to prevent too much growth and tangling.

Step 4

Keep semi-tropical jasmine varieties such as South African jasmine, Spanish jasmine and Italian jasmine in a consistent temperature of 68 to 72 degrees F during the day and 50 to 55 degrees F during the evening.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Soil
  • Work gloves

References

  • Agrilife Extension Texas A & M: Proper Pruning Techniques
  • Oregon State University: Plant Jasmine to Scent up Garden Evenings
  • Clemson University Extension: Jasmine
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