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How to Keep Night Blooming Jasmine in Zone 7

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Overview

Zone 7 is at the low end of zones recommended for night blooming jasmine. That means keeping night blooming jasmine alive and healthy in zone 7 can be a little more difficult than in other zones. One alternative to keeping this plant outdoors is to grow it in a pot and bring it in for the winter. However, night blooming jasmine is very fragrant and growing it indoors may not be desirable.

Step 1

Plant your night blooming jasmine next to your house, if possible. Heat from the house will increase the temperature of the air and soil in adjacent beds.

Step 2

Mulch your jasmine with 4 to 6 inches of straw, dry leaves or other organic mulch that has a high air content. Mulches with high air content act as a better insulator than compacted mulches.

Step 3

Staple clear plastic sheeting over the jasmine as a tent between your house and the ground. Place rocks on the ground to secure the plastic. The clear plastic will act as a temporary greenhouse and will help trap heat from the side of your house to keep the jasmine warmer during unexpected cold periods.

Step 4

If you expect a sudden, unseasonably cold period, consider placing a stock pot full of hot water under the plastic. The heat and steam will help keep the area under the plastic warmer than normal.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Clear plastic sheeting

References

  • Bella Online: Water Gardening Tropical Style
  • Top Tropicals: Night Blooming Jasmine, Queen of the Night, Night Jessamine, Lady of the Night
  • J. C. Raulston Arboretum: Connoisseur Plants

Who Can Help

  • Dave's Garden: Night Blooming Jasmine, Night Scented Jessamine, Queen of the Night
Keywords: night blooming jasmine, jasmine care, jasmine cultivation

About this Author

Christopher Earle is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colo. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, The Associated Press, the Boeing Company, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, Active Voice, RAHCO International and Umax Data Systems. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota.