How to propagate jasmine from cuttings

Written by tara dooley | 13/05/2017
How to propagate jasmine from cuttings
Root jasmine cuttings to grow new plants. (Getty creative)

Jasmine flowers have fragrant blooms in multiple colours from white and pink to green and yellow. The plants prefer hot days and cool nights and grow in hot climates from zone 8 up. In Britain, you may be able to grow the flowers as long as you keep them indoors. A jasmine plant can spread on its own, but you can help it get established in a new area by taking and planting cuttings.

Snip off a stem of the jasmine plant in the late summer to early fall. You want current-year growth that has become semi-hard. As long as it has mature leaves and is still somewhat bendable, it is fine. Cut at an angle just above a leaf node.

Prepare a pot for the jasmine. Fill it with a loamy potting soil and make a hole for the stem with your finger.

Insert the stem into the hole to a depth of about 2.5 cm (1 inch). Press the soil around it to hold it upright. If you think it might fall over, slide a small twig into the soil next to it and use a little twine to tie the jasmine to the twig.

Water the soil to dampen it. You should be able to press your finger into the soil and feel dampness, but not have soil that is so soggy that you see a pool of water when you remove your finger.

Slide the potted jasmine cutting into a clear plastic bag. Close the bag up with a twist tie and make a few holes in the bag for ventilation. Set the pot near a window. Check on it twice a week and add water if needed.

Open the bag after three or four weeks and gently tug on the jasmine. If it resists, then roots have started to grow. Close the bag up and wait a few more weeks to ensure the roots establish well. Afterward, remove it from the bag, and move the plant to its permanent location.

Things you need

  • Pruning snips
  • Pot
  • Loamy potting soil
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Twist tie

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