How to Plant a Jasmine


Known for its beautiful fragrance and delicate light-colored flowers, a jasmine plant can come in many forms from large bush varieties to climbing vines. If you live in zones 9 to 11 you can plant jasmine outdoors in your yard, but for other regions consider growing a dwarf variety as a houseplant in light soil and by a sunny window. By following a few basic steps, you can plant a jasmine and enjoy fresh, natural blooms within about six months.

Step 1

Select a spacious area of your yard with deep, well-drained, warm soil in an area of full sun or only light shade each day. Dig the soil to the size of your plant's container plus a foot more in diameter and depth to allow room for growth.

Step 2

Space your planting holes 8 feet apart if you're planting more than one jasmine to make sure they don't run into one another. Jasmine can grow up to 2 feet in length a year, maxing out at 10 to 15 feet tall depending on variety, so supplying adequate space is essential.

Step 3

Add compost to the soil, if needed, to loosen it by adding a few inches of compost over the hole and then turning the soil to work it in. Add more compost to continue to lighten the soil as needed.

Step 4

Create a hole in your dug soil the size of the pot the jasmine is in. Remove the jasmine plant from the container gently and place it in the hole. Adjust the plant as needed so the root ball is level with the soil surface and lightly pack the soil around the plant so it is stable.

Step 5

Water the plant deeply as soon as you have planted it to thoroughly saturate the soil. Give the jasmine water like this twice in the first week it is planted and then only as needed depending on the rainfall in the area.

Step 6

Add a layer of mulch 2 to 3 inches deep if you're concerned the soil in the area might dry out easily. This should keep moisture under the surface as well as help prevent weeds from sprouting in the fresh soil.

Step 7

Ensure the soil is moist to get the best growth from your jasmine, but over the winter months you can back off a bit and allow the plant to experience a mild dormancy.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Jasmine plant(s) in one- to five-gallon containers
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • "Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening"; Carroll C. Calkins; 1993
  • "New Complete Guide to Landscaping"; Better Homes and Gardens; 2002
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