Jasmine Planting & Growing Guide

Popular throughout the years for its extraordinary aroma, Jasmine explodes into bloom with clusters of tiny, fragrant flowers. Jasmine plants typically exhibit a vining growth habit and can be trained to climb or kept trimmed into tidy mounds of attractive foliage. Meanwhile, the delicate falls of glistening white blooms share their scent in the summer months. If you're interested in growing these elegant beauties, read on to get all the dirt on how to grow and care for Jasmine!

  • Planting Depth
  • Planting Proximity
    Species dependent
  • Planting Season
  • Plant Benefits
    Highly fragrant; jasmine vines are a popular choice.
  • Water Quantity
  • Bloom Season
    Late Spring through Fall
  • Sunlight Quantity
    Full to Partial Sun
  • Hardiness Zones
    Zones 8-10

Where to Plant

While Jasmine is relatively easy to grow, plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil are what makes them happiest. If you notice puddles of water 5–6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site or amend the soil with organic material to raise the level 2–3 inches. Jasmine plants fancy a place with full day sun or lightly filtered sunshine.

When to Plant

Your pre-potted Jasmine can be planted anytime between June and November, as they bloom in the spring and fall. Contrary to popular belief, Jasmine can be deciduous, dropping their leaves in the colder months, or stay evergreen depending on climate and variety. While it grows best in zones 9–10, certain cold-hardy varieties can tolerate climates down to zone 6. In colder regions, Jasmine can also be grown in containers and enjoyed indoors during the winter.

How to Plant

  • For outdoor landscape planting, find a spot where the soil drains well, and your Jasmine will receive full sun or lightly filtered sunshine. Dig a hole and situate the plant so the pot's soil is level with that in your bed. Tuck your Jasmine plant in and tamp down the surrounding soil to remove any air pockets.
  • For container planting, start with a container large enough to accommodate the mature plant, and fill with a well-draining commercial potting soil. Site your container in the full-day or lightly filtered sun and plant the Jasmine at the same depth as the nursery pot it came in. Tamp down the surrounding soil to remove any air pockets.
  • Water thoroughly after planting to soak the soil and settle it around the root ball.

How to Grow

  • Water as needed during active growth periods, supplying about 1–1.5" of moisture per week, and perhaps a bit more during the first season as they settle in. If Mother Nature provides plenty of water, you can skip watering at times.
  • Provide support such as stakes, trellises, or fences for the plants to climb.
  • Fertilize lightly during active growth periods.
  • Ease back on fertilizer after flowering has finished for the season and avoid pruning your Jasmine after early August to keep from snipping off future flower buds.
  • Water sparingly during the winter, allowing your plant to rest for a few months before beginning its next growing cycle in the spring.

Jasmine Tips & Tricks

  • Pinch the branch tips as your Jasmine plants gain size to help shape and encourage fullness.
  • Enjoy the scented flowers, and feel free to snip small branches to bring indoors. You can also pinch a few blossoms and float them in a low bowl to add fragrance to a summer patio candlelight dinner.
  • Add compost or decomposed manure to the surrounding soil to provide extra nutrients for these fast-growing plants.
  • Wait until the soil warms before planting outdoors, as Jasmine plants develop faster in warm soil.
  • Amend the soil with organic material to raise the level 2–3" to improve the drainage as needed. Compost, finely ground bark, or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available.