How To Care For The Sweet Pink Jasmine Everybody Loves


If a plant had a TV show this would be it: “Everybody Loves Jasmine”.
Here’s the video about Pink Jasmine which was shot in my neighbor’s front yard.
If a plant had a TV show this would be it: “Everybody Loves Jasmine”. Everybody but me and a handful of my fellow gardeners that is. The object of Pink Jasmine’s, aka Jasminum polyanthum, adoration is the sweet smelling flowers which appear here in Winter/early Spring and completely cover the plant en masse.
This is a very common vine and can be seen on trellis’ (which they fast outgrow),walls, arbors and chain links fences along with growing up into trees and phone poles. It gets to 25′. You get the picture.
This is what makes jasmine a crowd pleaser – the abundance of starry white blooms in clusters. They cover the plant & you can’t even see the foliage.
Why am I doing this post if I don’t like the plant you ask? Although the flowers are way too strongly scented for me and it grabs onto anything it can making it pesky in my eyes, Jasmine remains a very popular landscaping plant. It is sold everywhere .
I just saw it at our local Ace Hardware the other day on sale for $11.99 in 5 gallon pots. It was flowering and therefore selling like hotcakes. I was a professional gardener for many years and maintained a lot of this sweet smelling Jasmine so I have some care tips to share with you.
This is the 1 thing I like about this jasmine – the pink flower buds. They’re lovely in bouquets & flower arrangements.
Here’s what you need to know about Jasmine:
* This is a very strong, dense growing vine & can reach 25′. It’s not a small scale plant. Give it room to grow.
* It’s a twining vine & needs some means of support & training.
* It is hardy to 10-15 degrees. That would be USDA Climate zone 8.
* Give it sun if you want it to flower. Not hot scorching sun though, it’ll burn. I’ve seen it growing in shade but it was very leggy with no flowers. That equals no appeal. Part sun will do as long as it’s nice & bright.
* Water it regularly. It can go drier once established but will appreciate & look better if deeply watered every 2 weeks.
* Jasmine starts to flower in winter here but if you are in a colder zone, it may not flower until Spring. Enjoy it while you can because it only puts out 1 big bloom a year. Sometimes it puts out a very light bloom in Summer. This plant is also very popular with butterflies & hummingbirds. I know, I’m outnumbered all the way around. Even things with wings love it.
* Keep in mind this plant grows very fast. You’ll need to keep your pruners sharpened unless it can roam totally free where you plant it.
* As I said, it’s a dense growing vine & grows back on itself if there’s nothing for it to grab onto. In other words, it smothers itself & then needs to be cut all the way back. It’s best to keep up with the trimming.
* It’s not fussy as too fertilizer & really doesn’t need it. Applying organic compost once a year will make it happy.
Jasmine is also sold as a container plant. You just want to give it a big enough pot so it has room to grow. As a houseplant, it’s sold on rings when flowering. I’ve used it for weddings and parties but I have no experience with it as a houseplant. It would definitely need good, strong sun and regular water. It’s sold in hanging baskets which are fine for 1 season and then they need transplanting.
Here’s a close up of that new growth twining up.
Happy Gardening!
Nell
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  • Hudson
    on May 20, 2018

    Doesn't the sweet smell attract bees?

    • Cheryl
      on Jul 1, 2018

      Beautiful flowers.

      I live in the toes of the Catskills (NY)

      and we have deer that eat everything.

      Is it deer resistant?


      Cheryl

  • Isobel
    on May 20, 2018


    Because of re-organizing our garden, we are now thinking of moving the Jasmine to another [and more sunny] spot in the garden.

    My question : The plant is about 30 years old now, and we wondered whether it will survive being pruned right back and then being transplanted to the new spot. Otherwise, can we make new plants from the cuttings we are going to cut off from the "mother-plant"?

    We live in Cape Town {South Africa] and have a very moderate climate - no frost at all, winter rainfall, and moderate to hot summers.

    Thanking you very much for your response to our question, because we think that winter might be the correct time to transplant the Jasmine?

    I absolutely love my pink Jasmine, sweet as only Jasmine can be, and don't want to lose it if possible.

    • Joy Us garden
      on May 21, 2018

      Hi Isobel - A younger plant could survive the transplant but I'm honestly not sure if 1 that's 30 years old would. I've never transplanted 1 that old. Mid to late winter, after the flowering, would be a good time. Nell

  • Elizabeth
    on May 20, 2018

    Can it be trained to climb around a trellis, arbor and pruned to stay that way?

    • Joy Us garden
      on May 21, 2018

      Yes it could Elizabeth. This is a twining vine so it grabs on to whatever it can. There would eventually be some pruning involved because those tendrils like to travel. Nell

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  • Joanie
    on May 23, 2018

    I'm gonna buy me some. I have a Wisteria.....a woody vine on a clothes pole, that was concreted in the ground. I have honeysuckle. Lots of that. I have a Magnolia tree. They all smell so beautiful and I want a Lilac bush. I don't know what kind to get in my area. I gotta check it out, being on the Atlantic coast.

  • Rosemary Richards
    on Jun 25, 2018

    Wisteria will pop up 20 feet from the original plant. It's very invasive.

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