Vining Jasmine: Care and Growing Guide

Vining Jasmine

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Vining Jasmine Plant Profile

The genus Jasminum includes about 200 species of broadleaf trees and evergreen shrubs native to warm regions of Asia and Eurasia.

Many species of vines are very popular as outdoor garden vines in USDA zones 8 through 11, and many of them are also popular indoor plants. Indoors or outdoors, the heavenly scent of blooming jasmine is very popular.

When grown as a houseplant, vine jasmine varies in difficulty, but one species that stands out for its use is pink jasmine (Jasminum polyathum), also known as white jasmine, Chinese jasmine, or winter flowering jasmine.

In late winter, white jasmine produces a profusion of reddish-pink buds that transform into star-shaped white flowers tinged with pink. This extensive flowering is rare among indoor plants.

Botanical NameJasminum polyanthum
Common NamesPink jasmine, white jasmine, Chinese jasmine, winter-blooming jasmine
Plant TypeBroadleaf evergreen climber
Mature Size20 feet long
Sun ExposureFull sun to part shade
Soil TypeAny well-drained soil
Soil pH
Bloom TimeLate winter
Flower ColorWhite and pink
Hardiness Zones8 to 12 (USDA)
Native AreaWestern China

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How to Grow Vining Jasmine Plants

To grow jasmine well, give it some direct sunlight in the summer, constant humidity throughout the year (although a little drier in the winter), and milder temperatures in the fall to encourage flowering.

These plants are much colder tolerant than many people realize and have no problem tolerating a 40 degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature. If your plant isn't blooming, chances are it won't cool down in the fall as you need to stimulate blooming.

Potted vine jasmine will require a large pot and a sturdy climbing shelf. Use a paste made from wet peat. A potted plant likes to be moved outside during the warmer months of the year and can be left there until the weather drops to nearly 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

A healthy potted jasmine vine can be stored for many years as long as you keep it well pruned and in cool soil. You should not increase the size of the container once it has reached the desired size, but sometimes you will have to refresh the roots by pruning them and providing new potting soil to transplant.

Jasmine is vulnerable to common houseplant pests, including aphids, mealybugs, mealybugs, and whiteflies. If possible, identify the infestation as soon as possible and treat it with the least toxic option.

Bed bugs, the most common parasite, can be treated by wiping them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.


Light requirements vary by species but must look good in full sun or partial shade. White jasmine (J. polyanthum) prefers bright light and can even withstand direct sunlight. If grown indoors, it will require the brightest spot you can find.


For houseplants, any peat or coconut-based potting mix with additional drainage material will do a good job. When planted outdoors, vine jasmine needs loose, moist, well-draining soil.


Silt or topsoil should be kept slightly moist, but not saturated. The plant may dry out slightly in late fall and winter. With houseplants, make sure the pot has good drainage.

Temperature and humidity

Temperature preferences for beaked jasmine vary by species. White jasmine can tolerate colder temperatures - 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Potted plants are often transported outdoors from late spring to early fall.


Feed a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season.

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Pruning Vining Jasmine

Outdoors, a jasmine plant can be left alone to climb wherever you want, but as a houseplant, you will need to prune it regularly to keep it under control.

Prune them very aggressively early in the growing season to control rampant growth and provide support for the crop. They are usually grown with an arch or trellis to support growth. Be careful not to overload yourself on jasmine; keeping it trimmed will make it healthier and more manageable.

Potting and Repotting

Home-grown jasmine does not need to be replanted as often as other plants, but it does need to be moved to a pot of fresh soil every three years or more. Use fresh potting soil and prune the roots when you move the plant, so they have enough room to grow.

Propagating Vining Jasmine

Vine jasmine can be easily propagated by cuttings at the end of the stem. Take the seedlings at the same time as you repot the plant.

To increase your chances of success, use a rooting hormone and place the seedlings in a warm, clean place with high humidity and a constant but careful supply of water. New growth is expected to emerge in a few weeks.

Varieties of Vining Jasmine

  • White jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is one of the easiest vining jasmine to grow indoors. It is also known as pink jasmine or Chinese jasmine.
  • Orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata) features small glossy leaves and small white flowers with a delicate citrusy scent. A favorite cultivar is 'Lakeview', which grows to 15 feet.
  • Arabian jasmine (J. sambac) has intensely fragrant flowers. It is a shorter plant, growing to about 5 feet tall.
  • Primrose jasmine (J. primulinum) has a shrub-like growth habit and yellow, non-fragrant flowers. It is sometimes categorized as Jasminum mesnyi. Keep in mind, though, that jasmine that is non-twining will still need aggressive pruning in the early spring to remain contained.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About How To Grow Jasmine Plants In Containers

Source: California Gardening

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