Growing Jasmine in Containers-How to Grow this Scented Climber?

Jasmine make excellent outdoor climbers
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In this article, we will be discovering how to grow Jasmine in containers. These plants tend to be valued for their heavenly fragrance produced by their flowers.

Jasmine make excellent outdoor climbers
Jasmine make excellent outdoor climbers

Jasmine does twine to some extent, but as a group, they are really in the category of shrubs. Some have long, arching stems, however, which can be grown as vines.

They are very popular in warm climates where they are usually evergreen and bear flowers in winter, spring or summer. This does not mean that these climbers cannot be grown in cooler climates but they may need extra protection.

GROWING JASMINES IN POTS

Jasmine prefers to be grown in full sun, but they may handle some shade. The soil that they are to be grown in, must be well-drained, light and must be moisture retentive. It may take some time to establish but with plenty of care, your Jasmine will thrive as a pot grown specimen.

As they can get large these plants will need fences, walls to grow up, or they can be grown on trellises, arbours, or pergolas. Ideally grow them close to the house, where the scent can be enjoyed. Remember the vines can be heavy and any support that is used must be strong enough to support the weight of the plant.

Pruning is a must for jasmine to help to keep the plant in check and to keep it neat and tidy. This is important with indoor jasmines as pruning hard after blooming will encourage the plant to branch out and hence produce more blooms.

Any outdoor jasmine that you have should not have more than one-third if its stems remove at one time, as this can delay the flowering for some time. The stems that grow up tend not to twine as well as other climbers and so will need to be tied physically to their supports.


 VARIETIES TO GROW

Jasminum officinale
Jasminum officinale

 Jasmine officinale is very vigorous, growing up to 9m and often too big to grow in containers. It tends to produce very fragrant white flowers that appear in summer.

Jasminum nudiflorum
Jasminum nudiflorum

Winter Jasmine (J. nudiflorum) is less vigorous and is much hardier, up to -15 degree Celsius. This plant produces yellow flowers that are not fragrant and that often appear before the leaves in early spring. Such an attractive plant in the container garden.

Jasminum polyanthum
Jasminum polyanthum

 

Jasminum polyanthum, the pink Jasmine have pale pink, small, dainty flowers and blooms in spring. It is only hardy to 0 degree Celsius and so is a tender plant, but it can be grown successfully indoors. It is not really an outdoor plant, but well worth growing indoors as the flowers tend to be very fragrant. Jasmines are an ideal container plant, both indoors and outdoors.

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides

The ‘Star Jasmine’ Trachelospermum jasminoides is not actually a jasmine but produces white, fragrant flowers in spring and summer. It is included in this article for the sake of completeness. It is an evergreen and makes a good screening plant in areas which do not get to many frosts. Hardy Jasmines can be safely grown outdoors, whilst tender varieties make excellent houseplants.

 HOW TO GROW JASMINES IN POTS

Jasmines prefer warm temperatures and 3 hours of shade to grow well. Choose a spot for your container that can achieve these goals. Indoor the plant must be placed in a south-facing window, so it can receive as much sunlight as possible.

Fill a container with multipurpose compost with John Innes Number 3, ensuring that the growing media is well-drained. Choose a large container that has at least 30cm in diameter and a height that is greater than 30cm. It must have drainage holes to prevent the plant from getting waterlogged and then suffering from root rot. This is why it is important to avoid overwatering the plant.

Trellises are ideal for jasmine
Trellises are ideal for jasmine

When you can plant a jasmine plant, making sure the crown of the plant is level with the soil it came in the plant you bought it in. Backfill and make sure that the roots are well covered and that the plant is firmly planted.

Water and wait for the plant to grow and produce their beautiful, scented blooms.

LOOKING AFTER JASMINES DURING THE GROWING SEASON

During the growing season, it must be watered frequently to keep the compost moist. Water the plant once a week or whenever the compost dries out, especially so when a heatwave is being forecasted. The best way to determine if a plant needs to be watered is to stick your finger in and if 5cm below the surface feels dry, then it is time to start getting your watering can out. When you water do so until it appears at the drainage holes at the bottom. Remember not to waterlog the compost.


Once a month feed your Jasmine plant with a high potassium-rich fertiliser such as phostrogen, Jasmine like high humidity and it is best to place the plant on a saucer with pebbles to help to do this.

If the jasmine becomes root-bound, then it is time to transplant to the next pot size up, as the plant has outgrown its container. This is especially true if the plant compost dries out too quickly and it is not even hot. A root-bound plant will never do well.

 CONCLUSIONS

In this article, we have discussed how to grow Jasmine in a container, both indoor and outdoor. They are not difficult plants to grow, as long as you provide the correct growing media, feed regularly, water well and give the plant enough sunshine so that it can thrive.

Jasmines are great if you are prepared to do this and prune the plant well, then they make great container specimens. They may not be as hardy as other climbers but they do have the advantage that they can be grown indoors as a houseplant. If you cannot be bothered to grow them for the scent then you do not know what you are missing out.

If you have any question or comments that you wish to make on how to grow jasmine in containers, then leave them in the comment box below.

If you want a versatile plant to grow indoors and outdoors then Jasmine is for you.

Happy gardening.

 

8 thoughts on “Growing Jasmine in Containers-How to Grow this Scented Climber?”

  1. I have heard about jasmine and it’s also a nice name for a child but I never knew it was one of the bet scented flowered ever and I love how you describe them as a scented climber too. Your tips on how to plant them are good and I will definetely be using what you shared to plant mine in my garden container.

    1. Hi Jackie

      Once your nose has been touched by the smell of Jasmine, you will not forget it. They also look very pleasing to the eye and so there are much to like. I always say it is not a garden without some Jasmine in it.

      Thanks

      Antonio

  2. Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through your review as it contains valuable information’s one needs to be aware of when trying to grow this scented climbers. Thanks for the tips on how to grow them indoors as well, i will prefer that much

    1. Hi Philebur

      Most people do not realise that jasmine can be grown both indoors and outdoors depending on how tender the varieties  are. This is why I wanted to address both in this article. Jasmine is one of my favourite  climbers.

      Kind regards 

      Antonio

  3. Hello there! Thank you very much for sharing this interesting article on growing jasmine in containers. I have gone through it and it’s an elaborate article, very educative and helpful too. I didn’t know how to grow jasmine in container before coming across this, I always thought it was a difficult process, little did I know that it’s a very easy one. Jasmines are great and I’d love to try growing them immediately. Thank you. 

    1. Hi Sophie

      I always believe it is important to try to educate and help people as much as possible. Jasmine are a great addition  to any container garden scheme and I hope you buy a plant or two.

      Thanks

      Antonio

  4. Thank you for sharing this here. I never knew that jasmine can be grown  indoor. I had it on my former garden but due to the time cosntranit and the expenses in our new home, it has been less time for me to tend to a garden heren however, I seem to have gotten a way to go about ut and that is the reason I want to try my hands out here. Thanks for sharing it here

    1. Hi DarmiMaddie

      It is surprising to what can actually be grown indoors and tender jasmine are a great scent provider indoors. It is a dual purpose plant  bringing colour and beauty, as well as scent. I always  recommend a plant or two.

      Thanks

      Antonio 

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