How to Grow Jasminum Polyanthum

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How to Grow Jasminum Polyanthum
Pink jasmine fills the air with its attractive scent. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Pink jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is a fast-growing twining vine whose white flowers have a sweet, heavy fragrance. The flowers are preceded by pink buds, hence the common name "pink jasmine." This vine is evergreen in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 through 11, with the flowers blooming in late winter and early spring. After the flowers fade, dark black-blue berries appear among its deep green foliage. Pink jasmine also makes a wonderful houseplant, filling the house or office with its distinctive scent.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Compost
  • Leaf mould or bark mulch
  • Support (fence, pergola, trellis)
  • Pebble tray
  • Low-nitrogen liquid fertiliser

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Incorporate 1 to 3 inches of compost at the planting site.

  2. 2

    Dig wide, shallow holes. Loosen and spread out the roots so the plant is level with the surrounding soil surface. Cover the roots and water around them to settle the soil.

  3. 3

    Lay 1 to 3 inches of leaf mould or bark mulch around the plants, but keep a clear zone around the stem to prevent rot, as Learn2Grow.com recommends.

  4. 4

    Position a support near the plants or plant them next to a pergola, fence, or trellis.

  5. 5

    Water pink jasmine deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root development. This is a drought-tolerant plant once it is established and only requires water during extensive hot, dry periods.

  6. 6

    Bring pink jasmine indoors for the winter if you don't live in a frost-free climate. Place it in a location where it will get bright, filtered light.

  7. 7

    Maintain soil moisture indoors in winter. A pebble tray filled with water underneath the plant can maintain proper humidity for it.

  8. 8

    Feed pink jasmine monthly with a low-nitrogen liquid fertiliser when the plant is growing and every two months when it is dormant, according to denverplants.com

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