Jasmine is a flower that is quite popular among gardeners because of the beautiful and exotic fragrance that it releases. Some people actually struggle with the growth and care of Jasmine and it makes them reluctant to grow this amazing plant.
In this article, I will be going over how to grow and care for your Jasmine plants in order for them to thrive and be healthy.
CHOOSING A CULTIVAR
The problem with growing Jasmine is that there are over 200 species of it and all have varied characteristics. Some take the form of vines, while others are shrubs, some need to be grown indoors while others are hardy and can be grown in harsh, cold conditions.
It is important that you pick the cultivar that suits your needs if you are unsure you can go to your local garden store and speak to someone about them. The other option is to thoroughly research the available plants online and order the seeds you think best fit your needs.
SUITABLE GROWING LOCATION
With each Jasmine plant having different characteristics, this also means they have different environmental needs in which you will have to provide for them. In order for your Jasmine plant to continually thrive, it is very important to provide the right levels of water, sun and temperature.
What You Should Consider When Growing Jasmine
- Space: Does your plant need a lot or a little space?
- Hardiness: Does the plant suit your climate?
- Levels of Sun: Does your spot have adequate levels of sun?
As a plant, Jasmine is best for growing in good-sized pots and various other large style containers. To grow inside Jasmine, it’s best to have them in a brightly lit area with some protection from the sun during summer months. In the summer, however, you can transport the Jasmine to a warm sunny patio but it’s important to not leave them outside when it comes to the colder months.
When outdoors, summer flowering plants need to be grown in a sunny, warm and sheltered position.
If you are growing Jasmine outdoors the best places for it are flower beds, walls, fences, containers or patios. To grow Jasmine outdoors you need to dig the soil thoroughly and add a lot of organic matter to it such as a planting compost. This is done to break up the heavy natural soils and allow for it to drain well.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR JASMINE
Caring for your outdoor Jasmine can be a little tricky, however, once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy! Many types of Jasmine do require stakes, a fence or vine fencing to climb on in order to grow properly. Ensure to place a stake a few inches from the base of your Jasmine plant and wrap it around it gently, it will start to grow on its own without any intervention after a while.
If you chose to let it grow on a fence or vine fencing, then you will need to train it to grow upwards until it has started to grow healthy on its own. As a tip, to be sure it grows on your chosen method, you can loosely tie some string or twine on the supports and remove it as the plant is established.
Keeping the environment in which your Jasmine is growing moist is a must do. You should always ensure to water the soil around the Jasmine throughout the growing process to keep it moist. You should be careful not to make the soil soggy. As a general rule of thumb, you should water your Jasmine from the bottom to make sure the leaves don’t get wet as the sunlight will burn the leaves if water happens to remain on them during the sunnier hours of the day.
Once a month during growing, use some fertilizer to keep your plant blooming. You should use a fertilizer that is water soluble around the base of the Jasmine or use a liquid fertilizer that has been diluted.
As your plants grow you will need to prune your plant, ensure to remove the stems, leaves and flowers but don’t do it during blooming as it can slow the blooming process down. Wait until the plant is fully bloomed before pruning.
In the winter months, you should mulch the Jasmine to protect it. Add just a few inches of manure, garden compost or straw around the base and this will help to protect the roots from freezing over completely.
Indoor Jasmine requires full sunlight during summer months, so you should provide a place that it can gather direct sunlight, however, for indoor Jasmine in the winter months it just needs a brightly lit area and not direct sunlight.
As with outdoor Jasmine, you should be sure not to overwater your plant, only water it enough so the soil is moist and has good drainage. In the summer months you should allow your moist soil to dry between waterings but don’t let it get too dry or this could kill your plant. During the fall, winter and spring you should water less and begin to prune after the blooming season in spring.
As a general rule of thumb, more tender strains of Jasmine require a humidity between 30 & 40, you can help to keep this balance with a humidifier or by misting the plant frequently. Growing your Jasmine indoors will require them to have a constant temperature of between 60 & 75 degrees. In the winter months, mulching isn’t required, however, you should maintain the temperature.
Jasmine can be a rather tricky plant due to each species of it having different characteristics and needs in order to grow. I personally think Jasmine is a beautiful plant to grow and is a very eye-catching feature to any garden! With some time, research and patience, you can grow these beautiful plants and care for them effectively too.