How to Care for a Jasmine Bush Plant

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The jasmine bush (Murraya paniculata), commonly called orange jasmine or mock orange, is an attractive shrub that grows to 10 feet in height with an equal spread. A versatile plant, it can be grown in groups as hedging, as a specimen planting or trained to grow as a tree.

The jasmine bush plant bears small, white flowers with a fragrance reminiscent of orange blossoms. Grow the jasmine bush plant in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9b through 11.

Grow the jasmine bush plant in full sun.

Water the jasmine plant after the top 3 inches of soil has dried. Soak the soil until it is saturated, and then allow it to dry again before watering.

Supply the jasmine bush with an all-purpose fertiliser, such as 10-10-10, once a month from the time it produces new foliage in the spring until the middle of September. Dilute the fertiliser to half the strength recommended by the manufacturer.

Check the jasmine bush periodically for signs of pest infestation. Whiteflies are common pests and can be controlled with repeated applications of insecticidal soap or insecticidal soil drenches. Call your county cooperative extension agent for current controls in your area.

Prune the orange jasmine in the spring, prior to it producing new growth. Cut it to keep it to the shape you want. It can tolerate heavy pruning so feel free to cut as much as you need to.