How to Plant White Jasmine

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White jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is also known as poet’s jasmine, common jasmine and true jasmine. It is a fast-growing, deciduous to semi-evergreen vine, depending on the growing climate. White jasmine produces an abundance of small, fragrant, white flowers and can grow to approximately 20 to 30 feet in height, if left to grow without cutting back. It is hardy in the USDA Zones 7 to 8. When planting white jasmine, make sure it’s planted in full sun to partial shade and provide it with soil that is rich in organic matter.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • White jasmine plants
  • Potting mix
  • Growing container
  • Snips
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Shovel
  • Organic matter
Planting White Jasmine in a Container
  1. Scoop in a good quality potting mix into a large planting container until it’s about 1/2 full of potting mix. Make sure the growing container you choose has at least four drain holes.

  2. Remove the white jasmine from its growing container by turning the pot upside down. Prop your hand firmly against its root ball. Either shake the pot loose, or tap upwards on the rim of the pot using a sturdy object to slide the growing container off the root system.

  3. Loosen the roots with your fingers if the root ball appears to have compacted or encircled roots. Sever the encircled roots using a pair of garden snips. Set the white jasmine into its new growing container.

  4. Hold the white jasmine straight and level in its new growing container. Scoop in potting mix all around the root system tamping it down as you go to fill the growing container full of potting mix.

  5. Fertilize and water the white jasmine. Use a liquid-based fertilizer and follow the directions for how much fertilizer to add per gallon, or quart, of water.

Planting White Jasmine in the Ground
  1. Dig a planting hole for the white jasmine that is approximately 1 1/2 times the diameter of its growing container but about its same depth. If you’re planning on planting more than one white jasmine, space the planting holes so they are about 6 to 8 feet apart from one another.

  2. Mix into the soil you removed from the planting hole an equal amount of aged manure, compost, leaf mold or other organic material.

  3. Remove the white jasmine from its growing container as directed in step 2 above.

  4. Set the white jasmine into the planting hole. Make sure the top of its root ball is sitting at the same level as the garden soil. If it isn’t, either remove or add in more of the organic matter and soil mixture into the planting hole. Then, reset the white jasmine into the planting hole.

  5. Scoop in the garden soil and organic matter mixture into the planting hole to fill the hole full of soil. Then, tamp down the soil all around the white jasmine. Water the white jasmine thoroughly letting the water run slowly to reach the root system.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to make your own potting mix, blend together equal parts of coarse sand, regular garden soil and peat moss.

  • According to Plants for a Future, white jasmine is very tolerant of growing in the shade, but prefers full sun.

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