Jasminum officinale

Jasminum officinale

Jasminum officinale or common jasmine is climber with deliciously scented white flowers that can be grown as a house plant but also in the garden as it is hardy.

Growth is strong, about 2 m per year.

The small white flowers appear clusters of about 12-15 flowers. Buds are pink. The scent is sweet and powerful.

Flowering takes place from spring to autumn: may to september

Other common names:

Jasmine, Jessamine, Poet´s Jasmine

Origin:

Though it is suspected its origin is probably in central Asia, it is not quite sure as this plant has been cultivated and spread geographically for many centuries.

Light:

Sun, partial shade

Water:

Average water needs

Substrate:

Any commercial soil

Fertilizer:

During growing season, monthly liquid fertilizer, nothing during winter.



Temperature:

Room temperature. Can be grown outside up to USDA zone 8 (-15 °C).

Pruning:

Long stems may be pruned after flowering, in autumn or early spring.

Repot:

In spring, when the plant outgrows its pot.

Propagation:

Seed, cuttings

Sowing instructions:

  • sow in moist sowing mix at room temperature
  • repot the seedlings when they are big enough to handle
  • over winter the young plants inside the first year

Stem cuttings:

  • proceed in the spring
  • take 10-20 cm long cuttings from soft wood
  • plant in potting soil
  • water just enough to get the soil moist but not wet
  • cover the pot with a plastic bag to avoid evaporation
  • keep at 15-20 °C (room temperature)

Image sources

  • Jasminum officinale: C T Johansson

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