How to Propagate Jasmine Plants

Overview

A tropical or subtropical shrub with fragrant flowers and woody stems, jasmine (Jasminum spp.) grows in hardiness zones 8 to 11 as a perennial. This plant is adaptable to full sun or part sun and grows readily from a cutting. Take cuttings early in the day when the heat is low to avoid stressing the plant. If you cannot plant cuttings immediately, keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you can plant them.

Step 1

Mix equal parts sand and peat to form a rooting medium ideal for rooting cuttings. Then fill individual 4-inch pots with this rooting medium. If you prepare the pots before you take cuttings, you can root the cuttings immediately.

Step 2

Cut off 4- to 6-inch sections of your jasmine plant using anvil pruners. Since not all cuttings will root, take several more than you want to actually grow.

Step 3

Strip off leaves from the bottom third of your cuttings.

Step 4

Stick one jasmine cutting into each prepared pot so that 1/3 to 1/2 of the cutting is sunk in the rooting medium. Plant all cuttings in this manner.

Step 5

Water each container until the rooting medium becomes wet and water seeps out the drainage holes in the bottom of your container.

Step 6

Cover each container with a clear plastic bag to increase the humidity. Stick all containers in a location where they receive indirect sun. Monitor the moisture level of the jasmine cuttings; the containers should be moist but not wet.

Step 7

Check to see if the cuttings have rooted by loosely tugging. Cuttings that have rooted will resist being moved while unrooted cuttings should slide out of the rooting medium. When the cuttings root you can remove the plastic bags. Keep rooted cuttings in their pots, then transplant outside in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Sand
  • Peat
  • Pots, 4-inch
  • Anvil pruners
  • Water
  • Plastic bags

References

  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation By Stem Cutting
  • Floridata: Jasminum sambac
Keywords: plant cuttings, rooting jasmine cuttings, plant propagation, propogate jasmine plants

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