Jasminum (Jasminum Polyanthum)- Growing Fragrant Jasmine


Jasminum polyanthum, is a fragrant trailing vine used in hanging baskets and topiary. Get facts and information on Jasminum polyanthum care, jasminum propagation, and species.

Jasminum polyanthum Facts and Info

Jasmine intoxicates you with its fragrance, much as fragrant honeysuckle. Be sure to put jasmine polyanthum plants it in a sunny window where the warmth will intensify the perfume. Jasmine grows 4” h x 4-6’w. It has a fine texture and outstanding white flowers. *Jasmine requires bright light to develop its highly fragrant white blooms.

It is essential to place this plant where you can enjoy the intensely fragrant blooms. Giving it a sunny window will help it bloom, and release its scent. Jasmine grows in average temperatures (60-75 degrees)  but sets flower buds only if grown for a time in fall between 40 and 60 degrees. Give Jasminum polyanthum average to high humidity (above 30 percent). A humidifier helps provide mositure as well as air circulation, which keeps the plant leaves fungus free. If you have a pergola or gazebo, you might want to plant jasmine around the posts to grow or trail up your pergola. You can also place fragrant pots of jasmine varieties on the inside area so that it can be enjoyed while you enjoy your outdoor gazebo.

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Jasmine as a houseplant

Jasminum polyanthum Care

Keep jasmine evenly moist during active growth. Water sparingly in winter. Feed once a month during active growth and not at all in winter. Move outdoors in bright light during the summer. Leaving it outdoors until temperatures reach about 40 degrees will set the flower buds. After it has bloomed in late winter, repot the plant and prune jasminum polyanthum back hard to avoid tangling. It will need some support such as a trellis or topiary frame, or it can be grown in a hanging basket. Prune it often to keep it looking good.

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Fragrant white bloom of jasminum

Jasminum polyanthum Propagation

Propagate by taking stem cuttings in spring or by layering anytime. To layer, pin a stem to moist soil at a leaf node. When roots have formed, separate the plant from the parent plant.

Pests and Diseases: spider mites are a frequent pest, so wash the plant often to keep populations low.

Related Jasminum species:

Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac) has large flowers an dis used to flavor jasmine tea.

Common jasmine (Jasminum officinale) has white flowers and does not vine quite as much.

 

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