Growing Jasmine Plants in Your Garden
Jasmine plants are very popular and are recognized all over the world. The jasmine flower is star shaped, most often found in white, although some variations produce yellow flowers. This is a pretty and dainty flower in appearance, but it is most popular because of its unique scent. In fact, oil derived from jasmine plants is often used in perfume, soaps, and lotions. Because jasmine grows in the fashion of a vine, it is popularly grown as an accent plant near trellises, railing, fences, and pillars. It is also a great way to hide building flaws! If you think jasmine would be a good addition to your garden, then read on to learn a bit more about this pretty plant.
Luckily, jasmine plants will grow in nearly any type of soil, whether it is clay-like or sandy. This plant does best in warm, moist locations such as Asia, Africa, parts of Europe, and USDA zones nine through eleven. If you aren’t sure whether jasmine will grow in your location, then check with a local nursery to determine if this plant will be able to flourish in your area. In most cases, jasmine will grow in a typical vine-like fashion if the temperature is too cool, however it may not produce flowers. To some, the jasmine flower and scent are the main reasons to grow this plant, so be sure to consider this before purchasing your plant.
Jasmine can grow to a height of about 10 to 15 feet, so the area in which you intend to grow this plant should be able to accommodate its mature height. The area will also need some sort of support device in which the plant can grow upon. A self-constructed trellis or sturdy fencing work well, but you can use your imagine with this. Bear in mind that this plant will grow about two feet in height every year until it reaches maturity, as long as the environment meets its needs. Within ten years, you can have a fully mature (and very large!) jasmine plant.
The next item to consider is sunlight. All plants need it, but some more than others. Jasmine is the type of plant that needs as much sunlight—and as little shade—as possible. This can be difficult for gardens that have a lot of trees or shady patches, so be sure to choose your planting location wisely and consider how the environment could chance once the plant reaches its mature height. If you do have a lot of trees, you might consider trimming a few back just enough to allow more sunlight through the canopy.
Jasmine blooms in the late spring to mid-summer, so you will need to be prepared to plant it after the last frost, when the temperature is at least 65 degrees F. Start by digging a hole that is about six inches wide and six inches deep. If your plant’s roots are larger than this, you may have to increase the hole a bit more to give it plenty of loose soil to spread into. Place the roots into the hole and fill in the soil around the roots. Be sure to cover the top of the roots with about half an inch of soil. If you are worried that the soil may be on the infertile side, try mixing in a little compost at a ratio of about 1:4. Water the soil well.
The soil has to be damp at all times. This means you may have to water the soil yourself about every other day or so. The amount of watering you do really depends on the area in which you live. If your area experiences frequent dry spells during the summer, you may have to do much more watering. Aim for about three minutes of watering every other day, as long as the soil doesn’t become muddy. Avoid overwatering as this could cause the plant to rot.