Blooming Plant of
Jasminum spp. (JAZ-my-num)
Jasminum is a genus of about 200 extremely popular shrubs and
vines grown for their lovely dark green foliage and beautiful
star-shaped, fragrant flowers that appear several times a year.
The plants are known for their vigorous growth and ease of
culture. Climbing Jasminum polyanthum (pink jasmine) is one of
the most well-known jasmines.
Jasmine blossoms are mainly white. There are some yellow
varieties, and Jasminum polyanthum buds are pink on the outside.
With proper care and favorable conditions, each bloom cycle can
last several weeks, and the plants can bloom several times a
year. The plants can survive for years, depending on the
• Jasminum polyanthum (Pink jasmine, Winter jasmine)
• J. officinale (Common jasmine, Poet’s jasmine)
• J. mesnyi (syn. J. primulinum) (Primrose jasmine, Yellow
jasmine, Japanese jasmine)
• J. nitidum (Star jasmine, Angel-wing jasmine, Windmill
jasmine, Confederate jasmine)
• J. sambac (Arabian jasmine)
• J. rex (Royal jasmine)
Jasmine plants are available mostly in the spring through
summer, usually from local markets and growers. Order in advance
to ensure product availability.
IN-STORE AND CONSUMER CARE
temperature Do not
refrigerate, and store plants above 55 F. Areas that are
maintained at 65 F to 75 F are best for displaying jasmines.
Flower buds may fail to form if day temperatures are higher than
75 F or night temperatures are lower than 60 F. Sudden drops in
temperature may result in leaf and blossom drop.
water Keep the soil moist at
all times, but avoid standing water. Irregular watering can
cause bud drop, and overwatering can cause root rot. Avoid
overhead watering and standing water on the foliage and flowers.
light Bright, indirect light
is best for plants displayed indoors.
humidity Jasmine plants
enjoy moderate humidity. If they are grown indoors, a pebble
tray can be used to help keep the humidity levels up.
fertilizer Feed the plants
every three weeks during the growing season with a
high-phosphorus or bloom fertilizer.
soil Jasmine plants prefer
fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
grooming Cut jasmine plants
and vines back when they have finished flowering to remove
straggly branches/vines and faded flowers.
Some information provided by:
The Chain of Life Network®
Reach “Blooming Plant of the Month” writer Steven W. Brown, AIFD,
or (415) 239-3140.
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