How to Start Madagascar Jasmine Plants

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Madagascar jasmine, or Stephanotis jasminoides, is a branched evergreen climbing plant. It has thick, dark green, shiny leaves. Starting in the spring months, the Madagascar jasmine will bloom fragrant white flowers. Since the plant spreads easily, it can provide good coverage for large areas of your garden or yard. Prepare the soil properly to get your Madagascar jasmine off to a good start.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • Support structure
  • Fertilizer
  • Root ball
  • Twist ties
  1. Choose a spot in your yard that will receive full sun. The climbing jasmine plant will also need plenty of room to grow.

  2. Choose a support structure for the Madagascar jasmine. Choices include trellises, wires and existing structures. Anchor the support structure before you plant the Madagascar jasmine.

  3. Prepare the soil with fertilizer. Young plants require extra phosphorus, so use a fertilizer that contains this ingredient. Follow package directions to apply the fertilizer prior to planting.

  4. Transplant the Madagascar jasmine’s root ball into the spot that you have selected by digging a hole that is level with the container it came in. Cover the root ball with water and firmly pat the soil around the plant.

  5. Water the plant on a regular basis to keep the Madagascar jasmine in moist soil during the growth season. However, reduce regular watering during the winter months.

  6. Tie the Madagascar jasmine to the support structure you are using. Since the plant will grow quickly, do not use permanent ties. Instead, use flexible twist ties to secure the plant loosely to the structure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid starting Madagascar jasmine next to a wall. This can block the sun that the plant requires to grow.

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