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How to Grow a Jasmine Plant

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis ; Updated September 21, 2017

Jasmine plants are best known for the alluring scent produced during blooming, but not all types of jasmines are fragrant. Native to China and India, jasmines grow in USDA Hardy Zones 7 to 10. Choose from a variety of jasmine plants, including the most popular, the common white jasmine with its sweet-scented blossoms. It is also know as poet’s jasmine or true jasmine with the scientific name of Jasminum officinale. Jasmine vines quickly cover fences, walls or trellises, growing 20 to 30 feet long and spreading 7 to 15 feet wide, with bloom times from June through August.

Select an area to plant your jasmine that permits plenty of room to grow. Space jasmine plants 15 feet or more apart. The location should be sunny or in partial shade with well-draining soil. Choose a site near a fence, trellis or other structure so this vine can climb.

Clear the planting area using the rake and hoe. Remove all rocks, weeds or other debris.

Add compost, rotted manure and/or other organic matter, using the shovel. Mix the compost into the planting area to a depth about 10 inches.

Dig a hole with a hand trowel or shovel. The hole should be slightly bigger than container holding the plant.

Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole. Do not cover the top of the jasmine with soil.

Add dirt around the plant as needed to fill the hole. Gently press on the soil to remove any air pockets. Repeat for each jasmine plant.

Water thoroughly. Continue to water 1 inch per week during the growing season--spring to fall--if rainfall is inadequate.

Shovel 3 to 4 inches of mulch around base of plant to stop weed growth and retain moisture. Keep the mulch 3 inches from the jasmine plant stem and extend the mulch out at least 1 foot.

Tie the jasmine plant to a trellis or other support as it grows. Jasmine will naturally twine. Prune only after flowering in the fall and after the plant is established.


Things You Will Need

  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Compost and/or rotted manure
  • Hand trowel
  • Water supply
  • Mulch (optional)


  • You can grow a jasmine plant in a container and move it from indoors to outdoors as temperatures permit; however, the fast-growing jasmine requires support and pruning to maintain a smaller size.

About the Author


Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.