Jasmine Plant FAQ


Jasmine's fragrance and attractive blooms have made it a popular plant all over the world. Most jasmine plants have white flowers, though some do have yellow blooms. Jasmine can be a demanding plant to grow, and it requires the right temperature and lighting conditions in the fall and winter to produce blooms during the growing season.

What Are Some Uses for Jasmine?

Cosmetics and perfumes commonly contain the essential oil extracted from the jasmine flower. You may also find products that use jasmine as an aphrodisiac or a relaxant.

What Is the Difference Between True Jasmine and False Jasmine?

The false jasmine, which has a similar fragrance to Jasmine, is a toxic plant often confused with true jasmine. True jasmine is non-toxic and usually grows as a shrub or vine with shiny oval-shaped leaves and white flowers.

What Are the Ideal Flowering Conditions for a Jasmine Plant?

For best results, you should keep your plant during the fall and winter months in a window with bright light but no direct sun. Maintain a temperature of 65 degrees or lower. Jasmine plants kept at temperatures above 65 degrees will grow foliage but will not produce flowers. You can maintain the humidity in the room with a humidifier or by placing the planter in a tray filled with pebbles. Add water to the tray to a level just below the tops of the pebbles. In the spring after any chance of frost is past, you can put your Jasmine outside and move it gradually, over a period of two to three weeks, from shade to full sun.

What Are the Watering and Fertilization Requirements of a Jasmine Plant?

Jasmine does not tolerate soggy soil, and you should water it sparingly; wait until the top half inch of soil is dry to the touch and add only enough water to make the soil damp but not soggy. You can add fertilizer every two to four weeks from early spring to early fall, but don't fertilize at all during fall and winter to give the plant a rest. Your fertilizer should be formulated for houseplants and mixed to half the strength suggested on the label.

What Other Care Does a Jasmine Plant Need?

You can prune your Jasmine plant to achieve the size or shape you want, but don't prune it after the first of August. Jasmine plants produce their flower buds in the late summer, and pruning this late can reduce the number of flowers on your plant next year. Provide your plant with nighttime temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees for four to five weeks, then maintain a temperature below 65 degrees until it starts blooming again.

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