Star Jasmine Plant Care
The Star Jasmine, or Confederate Jasmine, plant is an evergreen vine that is hardy in growing zones 8 through 10 where the weather is warm and winters are mild. The plant is container-grown in non-hardy growing zones and can be placed outdoors during the warm summer season. Star Jasmine produces lush, green foliage and fragrant star-shaped flowers in the spring. The Star Jasmine responds well to pruning to control growth and keep the shape small and rounded.
Planting Star Jasmine
- Plant the Star Jasmine plant in USDA growing zones 8 through 11 in well-draining soil that has been amended with organic compost to increase the moisture retention of the soil. Star Jasmine grown in USDA growing zones 7 and under should be planted in a container that has bottom drainage holes and contains a well-draining potting soil. Create your own potting soil by mixing equal parts of garden soil, course sand, perlite and peat moss. Place the plant in a location that offers full sun or part shade. The plant grows well in conditions where the plant is positioned so that it gets sun from the south or west.
Star Jasmine Care
- Water the Star Jasmine plant to keep the soil moist during the growing season. Do not use rain water if it is acidic as this may increase the soil acidity to a higher than normal level. Fertilize the plant every two weeks during the growth season with an acidic fertilizer that is water soluble. Monitor the plant to prevent aphid or scale insect infestation. Move the plant to an isolated area if it is planted in a container. Spray with an insecticidal soap to control to insects. Star Jasmine plants grown indoors during the cool or winter months need additional humidity for best results. Set the pot on a tray filled with stones and water to increase the humidity around the plant. Do not leave the pot sitting in water as the this will promote root rot.
Propagation and Pruning
- Propagate the Star Jasmine plant by taking stem cuttings in the spring season. Place the cuttings in a rooting medium of moist peat moss and perlite and cover with a clear plastic cover until roots have formed. Prune the Star Jasmine before new growth appears in the spring. These pruned cuttings can be used for propagation. Prune the vines aggressively to control growth if the plant is growing around trees and structures as the weight of the plant can cause damage to weak structures.