Jasmine plants are deciduous or evergreen shrubs or vines that typically are grown as border plants, thick hedges or in hanging baskets. There are approximately 30 varieties of flowering jasmine. Although not all jasmine plants produce fragrant flowers, many varieties are known for the sweet, heady fragrance their flowers exude. Jasmine typically thrive in ordinary garden soil and require full sun to partial shade, depending on the variety.
Sowing Jasmine Seeds
Remove the jasmine seeds from the dried berry. Remove the berries from the jasmine plant as soon as they begin to turn brown. Set them in a paper bag until they are completely dry and crack open. Clean the jasmine seeds thoroughly and remove all pulp.
Nick each of the jasmine seeds with a sharp knife, nail file or a pair of scissors. Soak the seeds in a bowl of water for 12 hours.
Fill 4-inch plastic pots with potting mix to within 1/2 inch of the top of their rims. Compress the soil in each of the pots using the bottom of a 2-inch pot or your finger tips.
Plant two to three of the jasmine seeds in each pot. Space each jasmine seed about 1 inch apart. Push the jasmine seeds into the soil with the blunt end of a pencil or a pair of tweezers.
Enclose each of the 4-inch pots inside of a clear plastic bag, or cover each of the pots with a layer of plastic wrap. Secure the plastic wrap with a rubber band, if needed.
Set the pots in a spot that's 60 to 75 degrees F and one that can provide eight to 10 hours of indirect light a day. The jasmine seeds should begin sprout within two to three weeks, depending on growing conditions.
Transplant the jasmine seedlings into the ground or into larger containers once they have grown to about 2-1/2 to 3 inches in height. Do not transplant young jasmine seedlings outdoors until after all chance of frost is over. Transplant on overcast, cloudy days for best results.
Transplanting Jasmine Seedlings
Pour potting mix into a growing container that's at least 2 gallons and fill it about half-way.
Flip a jasmine seedling upside down. Keep a hand on the top of the root ball, grasp the container by a drain hole and gently slide the pot off the root ball.
Set the jasmine seedling into its new growing container. Position the seedling so it's sitting vertically in the pot. Scoop in potting mix around the seedling until the container is full of soil.
Mix 1 gallon of water and a 10-50-10 (or similar) starter solution in a 1 gallon watering can. Water each of the transplanted jasmine seedlings with the mixture until the soil is well-saturated. A starter solution helps to combat transplant shock.
Things You Will Need
- Jasmine berries
- Sharp knife, nail file or scissors
- 4-inch plastic pots
- Potting mix
- Plastic bags or plastic wrap
- Fertilize jasmine plants monthly. Use a granular, all-purpose fertilizer, such as 10-10-10 and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- According to Top Tropicals, all varieties of jasmine plants prefer hot, humid daytime conditions and cool evening temperatures.
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