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How to Plant Pink Jasmine


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Pink jasmine, sometimes also called climbing jasmine, can be found under its Latin name "Jasminum polyanthum." (It should not be confused with "J. nudiflorum," which is winter jasmine and has yellow blooms.) Pink jasmine actually has white blooms; however, the buds are pink, which is the reason for the common name. Jasmines are coveted for their lovely scents. Pink jasmine is especially aromatic, with long-lasting blooms that usually appear in mid-spring and last through mid-summer. Pink jasmine is also a vigorous vine and usually needs some type of support on which to climb. (Winter jasmine, on the other hand, is a bush and blooms from late fall through the winter.) If you are interested in incorporating pink jasmine into your own landscape, it is quite easy to plant.

Difficulty: Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Shovel
  • Soil or compost
  • Mulch
  • Trellis
  • Container (optional)
  1. Choose a planting site in full sun. Full sun means at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. In some areas, especially those in the Deep South where there is a lot of sun and humidity, pink jasmine can handle some shade. Before transplanting into your garden, allow the pot of pink jasmine to sit for a few days in the area where you would like to plant it. If it does well, you can go ahead and plant in that area. If you notice that it is wilting or not thriving, then move it to an alternative spot. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until you find an area that the pink jasmine likes.

  2. Dig a hole in rich, fertile soil that can retain moisture during particularly dry periods. If necessary, work lots of organic material into the planting hole.

  3. Place your pink jasmine in the planting hole, fill in with the soil, and mulch. The mulch will also help the soil to retain moisture.

  4. Install the trellis and wrap the longer vines of the pink jasmine around it. This will encourage the vines to climb the trellis as the plant grows. There is usually no need to use any type of twine to secure the vines to the trellis.

  5. Plant in a large container if you live farther north than zone 7. Use rich, fertile soil, and provide a support on which the pink jasmine can climb. Bring your pink jasmine indoors during the winter months.

  6. Water well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider training your pink jasmine to climb a brick or stone wall or a fence row. Container plants should always be fertilized regularly—usually about once every two to four weeks. Use a balanced fertilizer.

  • Most species of jasmine like to be kept evenly moist, and the pink jasmine is no exception. Water during particularly dry periods. Do not allow jasmine to dry out completely before watering. Jasmine plants are usually hardy to zone 7. If you have any concerns, however, grow your pink jasmine in a container and overwinter it indoors. Look at the Latin name for your pink jasmine. Some places use the common names—pink jasmine, climbing jasmine and winter jasmine—interchangeably.

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