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Growing Tips for Pink Jasmine

Learning a few growing tips for pink jasmine will help your plant bloom profusely, and keep the foliage looking good even when the plant is not in bloom. The highly fragrant blooms of pink jasmine scent the air, indoors or outdoors, during winter and spring when not much else is in bloom. The flower buds are pink, then open to reveal white flowers, making this plant a great addition to moon gardens.

Lighting, Indoors and Out

Pink jasmine vines grow best in full sun to part shade, according to the University of Florida. Jasmine that is grown indoors should receive at least four hours per day of light per day. If a sunny window is not available, use grow lights.

Soil

Well-drained, fertile soil that is high in organic matter and slightly acidic is best according to Byron G. Martin and Laurelynn G. Martin, authors of "Logee's Greenhouses Spectacular Container Plants."

Water

Once established, pink jasmine prefers soil with average moisture, so in cooler climates or during the winter months, reduce watering to once weekly. In warm climates, according to the University of Florida, water pink jasmine plants three times per week.

Fertiliser

Pink jasmine plants are susceptible to iron chlorosis, which shows up as yellowing between the veins of the leaves. Avoid this problem by adding chelated iron to the fertiliser of your choice as needed to keep the plant healthy.

Pruning Tips

The best time to prune pink jasmine is right after a flush of blooms have faded. Pruning your pink jasmine at the wrong time may stop it from blooming. Pruning too late will stop the next flush of blooming from forming; pruning too early will remove the current flush of blooms. Look for buds on your plant before pruning.

Pests

Pink jasmine is susceptible to spider mite infestation. A strong spray with a garden hose will physically remove them from the plant. Submerge smaller containerised plants under water to remove the spider mites. For more severe infestations, use horticulture oils and insecticidal soaps.

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Sheri Ann Richerson is a nationally acclaimed bestselling author who has been writing professionally since 1981. Her bestselling books include "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Year-Round Gardening," "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Seed Saving & Starting" and "101 Self-Sufficiency Gardening Tips." Richerson attended Ball State University and Huntington University, where she majored in communications and minored in theatrical arts.