Winter care for jasmine shrubs

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Winter care for jasmine shrubs
Jasmine require some winter protection in the northern parts of the U.S. (jasmine image by Andrew Buckin from

Jasmine (Jasminum) is a handsome flowering shrub popular as a greenhouse plant. Jasmines (also commonly called jessamine) thrive in a sunny location and in well-drained, sandy loam soil. Jasmine is known for its fragrant flowers, yet not all varieties have this quality. It is important to choose a variety that is hardy to the local climate, although some seasonal protection may still be required.

Things you need

  • Mulch
  • 6-foot (1.8 m) wooden stakes
  • Hammer
  • Straw mat
  • Broom
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Water the shrub deeply in autumn. Never allow the jasmine plant to enter winter weather with a dry root system. This makes it more vulnerable to winter kill in cold temperatures.

  2. 2

    Mulch the soil around the base of the jasmine shrub to protect the ground and root system from hard freezes. Apply 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) of ground bark, sawdust, compost, chopped leaves, or well-rotted manure over the entire root zone, extending the mulch out to the shrub's drip line.

  3. 3

    Use a hammer to drive 6-foot (1.8 m) wooden stakes into the ground around the jasmine shrub, 1 foot (30 cm) apart, to install a windscreen. Weave a straw mat in and out of these stakes, until the screen is complete on all exposed sides of the jasmine. The most important protection for a tender, half-hardy shrub is a windscreen. The winter windscreen should not be removed in the spring until all danger of freezing weather has passed.

    Winter care for jasmine shrubs
    Windscreens can be made from purchased straw matting. (matériel agricole image by Philippe LERIDON from
  4. 4

    Protect the jasmine shrub from the weight of winter snow by gently sweeping the accumulation off the branches with a broom. Don't wait for the snow to accumulate more than a few inches before brushing it off. The weight of snow and ice on the branches will cause breakage and injury.

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