How to Care for a Jasmine Plant

Overview

Although jasmine is best known for its scent, it's also appreciated in the landscape for its star-shape blooms and shiny leaves. Jasmine plants, native to the tropics, can grow 1 to 2 feet a year, to a height of 12 feet. As long as jasmine gets plenty of water and sunlight, it will do well with little assistance.

Step 1

Plant jasmine in late spring or summer. Although jasmine will grow in partial shade, it will do much better in full sun.

Step 2

Pull weeds in the area around the jasmine; they will rob the plant of water and nutrients. Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plant to keep weeds down and water in.

Step 3

Apply an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer every spring according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the leaves turn yellow during the growing season, feed the plant again.

Step 4

Water until the soil is moist, but don't drown the plant. Jasmine won't do well if its roots are standing in water.

Step 5

Pinch off the tips of the plant to encourage it to branch out. If the plant is getting too large, prune it to the desired shape after it has finished blooming.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • Jasmine
  • Growing Star Jasmine
Keywords: jasmine, water-soluble fertilizer, mulch

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.