Jasminum is an exotic tropical that will grow abundantly in warm, frost-free climates. In cool and cold climates, jasminum makes a wonderful potted plant. Keep it on the porch or patio during the summer and bring it indoors in the winter. Jasminum, or jasmine as it is commonly spelled, has been cultivated as a fragrant ornamental vine in warm climates such as India, Arabia and parts of China for centuries. It is a climbing shrub that will scale a wall or fence when planted outdoors. If you are planting jasmine in a pot and intend to bring it inside during the winter, you can prune it frequently to maintain the size and shape you desire.
Select a place in your garden to plant your jasminum. This flowering shrub likes full sun and requires a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of sunlight a day. The best time to plant jasminum is in the late summer to early fall.
Carefully remove the jasminum plant from the nursery pot by grasping the stem of the plant in one hand and gently pulling on the pot.
Dig a hole in the ground slightly larger then the root ball of your jasminum plant.
Place the jasminum plant in the hole and cover with soil. Jasminum plants do best in well-draining sandy soil. Water thoroughly after planting.
In general it is best to water once a week, but if you live in a particularly dry climate, more water may be required. If the leaves look wilted before the week is out, it is best to water again.
If you plant it against a fence or wall you can train jasminum to climb the structure. If you prefer to cultivate a freestanding shrub, you can prune it to grow to the shape you desire.
Select a pot for your new jasminum plant. When grown indoors, jasminum can grow as tall as 5 feet high, so choose a pot that is big enough for the plant. The plant should have several drainage holes in the bottom so that water does not sit around the roots of the plant.
Select a well-draining potting soil from your local garden store or mix up a combination of coarse sand, compost and earth.
Fill your pot half full with the potting mix.
Gently remove your jasminum flower from the nursery pot and place it in the planting pot. Hold the plant so that it is 1 to 2 inches below the rim of the pot.
Fill in soil under and around the sides of your jasminum plant. Cover the top with ¼ inch of soil and pat down firmly.
Water thoroughly and set in a sunny spot on your porch or patio. In the winter, before first frost, bring your jasminum inside or place in a greenhouse or heated porch.
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