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How to Prune a Jasmine Plant

Jasmine is popular flower because of its blooms and fragrance. It is native to tropical climates but can be found in many parts of the United States. White or yellow flowers bloom in the spring and summer, usually six months after the plant is put into the ground. Unlike many other flowers, jasmine releases its fragrance after the sunset. It is best grown outside in the sunlight during the summer, but can also be a houseplant. Jasmine benefits from routine pruning, even when it's healthy.

Buy a good pair of sharp pruning shears from a garden store to prune jasmine. Keep them clean between uses or you can spread disease between plants.

  • Jasmine is popular flower because of its blooms and fragrance.
  • It is best grown outside in the sunlight during the summer, but can also be a houseplant.

Clip diseased, unproductive and dead branches and stems any time of year on indoor and outdoor jasmine. They can be cut off or simply pulled off with your fingers.

Pinch back the tips of the plant if you want the jasmine to grow laterally outside. For ground cover, cut off stems that are growing up toward the sun. To create a hedge-look, use clippers to shape it in a box or rounded bush.

Prune back stems that are growing in the wrong direction or are tangled if you're trying to train the jasmine as a vine. Clip them at the base, near the plant's root ball.

  • Clip diseased, unproductive and dead branches and stems any time of year on indoor and outdoor jasmine.
  • Pinch back the tips of the plant if you want the jasmine to grow laterally outside.

Plant indoor jasmine in a new pot after it flowers. Prune it back significantly, cutting off most of the leaves then place it outside in the sun. This will ensure that the roots are healthy and flower production is likely for the next season.

Prune A Jasmine Plant

Prune after blooming ends in mid-fall by cutting back the tender ends of the longer stems to a side-shoot lower down on the plant. Prune dead or weak offshoots to the central stem, and remove unwanted vines. Pruning will invigorate plants and encourage new growth in the spring. Pinch tips during the growing season to encourage outward growth. Mounding shrubs will almost definitely need maintenance pruning throughout the year to control the size.

  • Plant indoor jasmine in a new pot after it flowers.
  • Prune it back significantly, cutting off most of the leaves then place it outside in the sun.

Prune A Jasmine Plant

Prune after blooming ends in mid-fall by cutting back the tender ends of the longer stems to a side-shoot lower down on the plant. Prune dead or weak offshoots to the central stem, and remove unwanted vines. Pruning will invigorate plants and encourage new growth in the spring. Pinch tips during the growing season to encourage outward growth. Mounding shrubs will almost definitely need maintenance pruning throughout the year to control the size.

  • Plant indoor jasmine in a new pot after it flowers.
  • Prune it back significantly, cutting off most of the leaves then place it outside in the sun.

Tip

Do light pruning any time of year.

Warning

Don't do heavy pruning, such as cutting back the majority of the jasmine, until the dormant season, after the plant flowers, or you'll clip off the following season's buds.

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