Care Instructions Jasmine

Jasmine

The Pink Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is an evergreen vining shrub with glossy dark green leaves and bearing wonderfully fragrant white star-like flowers during mid spring through summer. Upon receipt, remove the plastic bag from the pot and water thoroughly.

Jasmine plant Placement:

Indoors, your Jasmine should be placed in a room with daytime temperatures of 60-70°F and nighttime temperatures no lower than 40°F. During the autumn months, your jasmine needs to receive at least four weeks of night temperatures below 50ºF in order to set flower buds. To thrive and continue blooming, it needs to be placed where it will receive two hours of direct sunlight or very bright indirect light. With inadequate light, the plant will cease flowering and drop some of its leaves.

Jasmine grows well outdoors in a partially shaded area during the warmer weather months but should be brought back indoors before temperatures drop below freezing. In climates where the minimum temperatures do not drop below 20ºF, the jasmine may be transplanted in the ground outside or grown in a container out of hot direct sunlight.


Watering:

Water plentifully during the active growth period from spring to early fall, enough to keep the soil evenly moist. During the cooler months, let the top ½" of soil dry between waterings. It is helpful to apply water to the soil until the excess runs out of the drain holes. This helps prevent salts from building up in the soil and causing the leaf tips to burn.


Pruning:

Jasmine plants grow rapidly and need pruning to maintain their shape. You may prune your jasmine right after bloom and up until early July, after which time pruning should be limited to cutting back only those very long vining branches which throw the plant out of shape. As branches grow, they may be wound around the frame to maintain the topiary shape, securing them by tucking the branch end in-between other branches on the frame, or by tying them with twist ties or green plastic garden tape.


Repotting:

In spring or summer, replant the jasmine into a well-drained pot, which is one size larger than the original pot. Use a commercial house plant potting soil.


Fertilizing:

Apply a balanced fertilizer for flowering plants twice a month from March through September.


Insect Control:

Remove insects by washing off the leaves with soapy water followed by a fresh water rinse. Insecticides, which are formulated for use on house plants, may also be used.


Toxicity:

Plant material such as this product should not be eaten. While most plants are harmless, some contain toxins.