Jasmine plants produce strongly scented flowers that inspire scents for perfumes, candles and lotions around the world. Not all jasmine blooms smell, though, and the family contains many different cultivars that grow to different sizes, bloom at different times and feature different-coloured blooms. To grow your own jasmine plant to beautiful blooming maturity, make sure it has the right amount of light, water and nutrients.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Organic compost
- Hand fork
- Pruning shears
Determine your jasmine cultivar. Standard jasmines grow and bloom from spring to summer, while winter jasmine blooms in late winter and early spring. Knowing your cultivar helps you to determine the plant's blooming schedule.
Increase the plant's soil nutrition and drainage in spring to give it the resources it needs for blooming and maintaining the bloom. Jasmine likes fairly rich, quick-draining soil, so mix 2 inches of organic compost into the top 2 inches of soil around the base of the plant. Repeat this process in midsummer for continued nutrition.
Keep jasmine in full sunshine all day year-round. Jasmine will grow sparse in shade and may refuse to bloom. Move potted jasmine plants to sunny areas and prune away overhanging vegetation to give planted jasmine better sun exposure.
Give vining jasmine cultivars a trellis for support and better air and sun exposure. Tie the main stems of the jasmine to the trellis with soft felt or plastic ties to get the flowering stems into the sun. Don't tie foliage or flowering stems, as those break easily.
Water jasmine with 2 inches of water a week during dry periods to maintain moisture and give the plants the resources they need for producing flowers. Dry jasmine will conserve its energy for growth and refuse to bloom.
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