Growing Jasmine Plants: Planting Jasmine Seeds & Growing Jasmine Plant Organically

Growing jasmine plants produces fragrant flowers that can pleasantly scent your garden seating areas and add structure and height where your garden needs it, while jasmine's herbs have been said to have medicinal properties that calm the nerves, increase libido, get rid of intestinal worms and even help fight cancer.

Jasmine herbs are commonly used in herbal and black teas, and its oil is an important ingredient in many perfumes and cosmetic products.

Growing Jasmine Plants: Plant Snapshot

Growing Jasmine Plants
  • Jasmine (Jasminum)
  • Annual or perennial? Perennial
  • Recommended varieties for flowers (by color):
    • White: Jasminum multiflorum, Jasminum nitidum
    • Yellow: Jasminum mesnyi, Jasminum nudiflorum, Jasminum polyanthum
  • Recommended varieties for tea
    • Jasminum sambac
    • Tisane
  • Recommended USDA Hardiness zones: 06b to 11a
  • Mature Height: 36 to 72 inches (91 to 183 cm)
  • Mature Spread: 48 to 120 inches (122 to 305 cm)
  • Sun Requirements: partial to full sun
  • Blooming season: Late spring, summer & early and mid fall & winter depending on variety

Planting Jasmine Seed, Transplanting and/or Root Division

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Jasmine plants can be grown from seed, but it’s often more effective to propagate by semi-ripe cuttings. Sow seeds indoors in pots filled with sieved garden compost or an organic nutrient-rich seed starting mix. Note that seeds may be slow to germinate. Transplant into larger pots and harden off plants when risk of frost has passed and transplant into your garden in early summer.

To start from semi-ripe cuttings, cut healthy stems between mid-summer and fall that are up to 6 inches long and not fully hard to the touch. Fill a pot with sieved garden compost and water lightly. Trim away lower leaves and cut the stem base just below a leaf node. Push stems into the compost and overwinter in a cold frame or on a sunny windowsill. Plant out in early summer.

If you plan to use your Jasmine flowers for making tea, Jasminums sambac or tisane are the best varieties.

Snapshot: Planting Jasmine Seeds

  • Germination soil temperature: 70-80 degrees F (21 - 27 C)
  • Distance between plants: about 60 inches (152 cm)
  • Planting depth: 6 inches (15 cm)
  • Days to germination: 30 to 60 days
  • Preferred soil pH (see soil pH tester for more information): 4.9 to 8.3
  • Root division information (perennials only):
    • Root system type (clumping, spreading, rhizome or tuber): spreading
    • Roots division frequency: Not recommended
    • In which season should dividing occur? Propagation by semi-ripe cuttings recommended

Growing Jasmine Plants: Jasmine Plant Care

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Jasmines are climbing plants and will need to be tied to structures or supports to shape their growth. They are usually grown as a vine, but with constant pruning they can be established as a shrub.

Tidy plants by light pruning throughout the growing season and prune in late spring just before growth begins to establish its shape.

Mulch with garden compost or farmyard manure in late fall to protect the plants roots over winter.

Snapshot: Jasmine Plant Care

Growing Jasmine Plants: Harvesting/Cutting Time

Using a good pair of sharp pruners, cut long jasmine stems that are flush with leaves and flowers. Jasmine can provide you with greenery and structure for sprays to feature more showy flowers like dahlias or chrysanthemums.

Jasmine tea is a refreshing, fragrant drink that is often credited with restorative powers. To make your own...

  1. Pick flower buds early in the morning
  2. Place in a single layer on a baking tray
  3. Preheat the oven at its lowest setting
  4. Place the tray in the oven (convection ovens are ideal as they do not hold moisture during the cooking process)
  5. Leave for up to three hours until completely dry, checking regularly
  6. Once out of the oven, leave the flowers on the tray overnight
  7. Store in an airtight jar

Growing Jasmine Plants: Pests & Diseases

Prune jasmine branches that show signs of disease and destroy them.

WiltThe following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Jasmine Plants (see Organic Garden Pest Control for information about how to prevent and address pests and diseases)...

Pests

  • Aphids
  • Mealybugs
  • Red spider mite
  • Soft scales

Diseases

  • Leaf blight
  • Rust

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