Indoor Jasmine Plants

Overview

Jasmine is a a popular scent in perfumes and an attractive plant that can be grown indoors and outdoors in a variety of conditions, Many varieties of jasmine exist which can be pruned or grown on a trellis to make the plant the most attractive shape. Though jasmine is a hardy plant, it does require some special care to make sure it is well-fertilized and primed to burst buds when the flowering season comes.

Identification

Jasmine is a flowering plant with a popular and potent fragrance. Its small flowers are usually white, though the buds of some varieties of jasmine are pink. Though jasmine commonly grows in a vine, some varieties of jasmine grow in a shrub-like fashion, which makes them more suitable as indoor plants. Jasminium azoricum, with its white flowers and bush-like growing pattern, is a favored variety of jasmine for an indoor potted plant.

Conditions

Jasmine is a hardy plant that can live in a range of temperatures, from 40 degrees F to 85 degrees F. Jasmine thrives in moderate to bright sunlight, including a few hours of direct sun each day. Jasmine can tolerate a variety of soil conditions, and should thrive in any quality potting soil in a container with good drainage.

Care

Jasmine should be frequently watered. The soil should be dried slightly between waterings, but should not be allowed to dry more than half an inch from the top of the soil. Indoor jasmine requires weekly high-phosphorus plant food in the winter, according to "TheComplete Houseplant Survival Manual" by Barbara Pleasant, and twice-monthly plant food in the warm months.

Warning

Jasmine can have a heady and overpowering scent which can bother some people, especially those with allergies. When introducing a jasmine plant to a shared indoor workspace, have an alternate place to put the plant during blooming season if the scent becomes overwhelming.

Considerations

If your jasmine won't bloom, it may need to cool down. Indoor temperatures can often be too warm to get a jasmine plant to bloom. To make sure a jasmine plant grows flowers in the February blooming season, keep it in temperatures between 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 weeks in the fall.

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Snowden Trouper is a freelancer who has been writing since 1994. She has been published at Travels.com and eHow, frequenting topics like gardening, health, music, technology, and travel tips. Trouper holds an Associate of Arts with a journalism focus from Moorpark College and a Bachelor of Arts in the arts from California State University San Marcos.