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How to Care for & Water an Arabian Jasmine Plant

Arabian jasmine is a flowering tropical plant that is native to India and areas of Southern Asia. USDA growing zones 9 and 10 offer the best outdoor growing conditions for Arabian jasmine. Arabian jasmine grows to a height of up to 10 feet and produces blooms from June through September, depending on the variety. The clusters of white, fragrant flowers open in the evening and close again in the morning.

Plant the Arabian jasmine in a location that offers a well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Work organic compost into the soil at the time of planting to increase the soil nutrient value and moisture retention.

Water the plant at the soil level on a regular basis during the growing season to keep the soil moist but not wet.

Tie the stems to support structures to prevent the branches from drooping and causing damage to flowers and branches.

Apply a layer of mulch around the plant to protect it and prevent the soil from becoming saturated with water.

Apply a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer once a month starting in spring and continuing through the fall season. Water the plant thoroughly after application to assist in plant absorption.

Prune the Arabian jasmine plant after flowering is complete to remove spent blooms and keep the plant in shape.

Propagate Arabian jasmine plants in spring by taking 3-inch semi-hardwood cuttings. Place the cut end in an even mixture of sand, peat moss and vermiculite that has been lightly dampened. Transfer the cuttings to a 3-inch pot once roots are formed in approximately four weeks.

Care For A Jasmine Bush Plant

Everyone loves the heady, intoxicating scent of jasmine in the air, especially on a sultry summer night. The plant produces pretty, star-shaped white blooms that are a lovely addition to any garden. Common flowering jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is a deciduous vine with bright green leaves, and it can be trained to grow on a trellis, against a wall or fence or in a container, while Arabian jasmine is a small bush with evergreen leaves. The flowers are up to 1 inch in diameter, and they give off a sweet, aromatic fragrance. If the water quickly soaks into the hole and leaves it empty, the soil should drain well, but if not, choose a different planting spot. As a shrub, jasmine requires frequent pruning since it can get lanky and semi-vining. Prune out thin, old shoots after flowering, which occurs in the springtime, to shape the plant and restrain growth. Keep in mind that yellowish leaves indicate the need for fertilizer, and be mindful of overfertilizing. Allow for plenty of circulation and avoid watering from the top of the plant.


Jasmine plants do not respond well to being overwatered. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

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