Pink jasmine, also known as winter jasmine, Chinese evergreen jasmine or Jasminum Polyanthum in Latin, is a fast growing vine that has fragrant flowers and thick green foliage. A native of China, it has pink buds that develop into star shaped white blooms that last from mid-spring to mid-summer and emit a fragrance up to several feet away. This fast-growing vine can grow up to 15 feet and usually requires some sort of support. It can be grown indoors in a hanging basket or container for natural aromatherapy.
How to Plant Pink Jasmine
Purchase a pink jasmine plant from your local nursery or garden supply center. These climbers are available in small plastic containers as young plants.
Select a site in your garden that receives four to six hours of direct sunlight and has well-draining soil. Pink jasmine will thrive in soil that has pH between 6.1 and 7.8. Put some soil from the site in a container and send it to your local garden center for a pH test or buy an at-home kit. Amend the soil by adding sulfur to lower the pH, or add lime to raise it.
Use a shovel to dig a hole in the soil that is as deep as the nursery container but twice as wide as the root ball. Lift the pink jasmine from the container and lower it into the hole. Adjust the height with the surrounding soil by adding or scooping out dirt in the hole.
Backfill with soil and add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing there.
Water the plant just enough to make sure the soil around it is evenly moist. Water it more frequently in the summer, since direct sunlight can cause water to evaporate.
Install a trellis, fence or support of some kind to support the weight of the heavy climber and encourage it to grow upward for maximum sun and air exposure. Wrap longer vines or growing tendrils around the support to train the vine.
Fertilize the pink jasmine every three to four weeks with a high phosphorous fertilizer to help it grow healthy and encourage full blooms.