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Grow Lush Indoor Jasmine Plants With These Easy Care Tips (2023)

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jasmine plant care tipsThe sweet scent of jasmine fills a garden with a perfume so powerful it stops you in your tracks. Let its intoxicating fragrance captivate you by planting jasmine in your own yard. Growing jasmine isn’t difficult when you understand the plant’s basic needs for sunlight, water, soil, and fertilizer.

With the proper care, your jasmine will thrive, climbing trellises and fences or spreading as a lush groundcover. Master jasmine’s growing requirements and it will reward you with abundant blooms and an unforgettable aroma.

Intimacy with this intoxicating plant begins when you get your hands dirty, tending the soil, pruning back rampant growth.

Waves of jasmine’s sweet perfume draw you into the garden. The fragrance fills the air, transporting you. Now you can recreate that experience at home. Growing jasmine indoors or out is possible if you provide what the plant craves most – sunlight, water, rich soil.

Learn exactly how much of these key ingredients your jasmine needs and it will repay your care a hundredfold.

Getting to know this plant, tending its needs, brings a special understanding as your care is rewarded with floral abundance.

Key Takeaways

  • Water jasmine plants daily at first, then 2-3 times a week, avoiding soggy conditions.
  • Provide bright, indirect light indoors and full sun outdoors for jasmine plants.
  • Use well-draining soil and allow excess water to drain for jasmine plants.
  • Prune jasmine plants immediately after flowering to encourage new growth and trim errant shoots in summer.

Types of Jasmine

Types of Jasmine
You shouldn’t confuse Trachelospermum jasminoides for a genuine Jasminum because it’s only reminiscent in scent. Common jasmine and other Jasminum species are true jasmines, while star jasmine is often mistaken as a jasmine due to its similar fragrance and white flowers.

However, star jasmine is actually in the Oleaceae family, while true jasmines are in the Oleaceae family.

True jasmines, like Jasminum officinale, are often grown as fragrant indoor plants that need a large trellis or support for their vining stems. Other shrubby varieties of Jasminum make excellent outdoor specimens in warmer climates.

Most Jasminum species prefer full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth and flowering. With proper care, these plants will reward you with beautiful blooms and an intoxicating floral scent.

Meanwhile, star jasmine is better suited to outdoor use as a climbing vine or groundcover.

When choosing a jasmine for your garden, consider the specific Jasminum species’ needs and growing habits. Although similar in appearance, star and true jasmines have distinct care requirements. With the right conditions, both can enhance your landscape with luminous flowers and sweet perfume.

Uses for Jasmine Blooms

Uses for Jasmine Blooms
You’ve learned about the different types of jasmine and their growing needs. Now let’s look at how you can use jasmine’s beautiful blooms.

When those sweetly scented jasmine flowers start opening in early spring or late winter, you’ll want to bring their fragrance indoors.

  1. Float jasmine flowers in a bowl of water on a table or kitchen island. The water will amplify their perfume.
  2. Place small bunches of jasmine in tiny vases around your home. Bedrooms and bathrooms are nice spots.
  3. Mix jasmine blossoms into floral centerpieces along with other flowers. They add wonderful fragrance.
  4. Dry jasmine blooms to preserve them. Hang bunches upside down in a dry place out of sunlight.
  5. Infuse jasmine flowers in teas, desserts, and even cocktails. Add blooms to hot water for tea or cold water for chilling in the fridge.

The uses for jasmine’s small but abundant flowers are many. With their intoxicating scent perfuming your home, you’ll be reminded of springtime all year long.

How and When to Plant Jasmine

How and When to Plant Jasmine
Since spring’s come and gone, plant those jasmine roots in a sunny spot now for abundant blooms next year.

  • Plant in late summer or early fall once the heat has passed. This gives roots time to establish before winter dormancy.
  • Amend soil with compost to improve drainage. Jasmines thrive in moist, well-draining soil.
  • Space plants 2-4 feet apart depending on the variety. Give them room to reach mature size.
  • Water newly planted jasmines daily the first week, then 2-3 times a week to establish deep roots.
  • Apply mulch in the fall to conserve moisture and insulate roots from the cold.

With the right care, your jasmine will reward you with a flush of fabulously fragrant blooms when spring returns.

Jasmine Care Tips

Jasmine Care Tips
You’ll want to provide the right conditions for your jasmine to thrive. This includes proper lighting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, repotting, and pest management. Focus on giving your jasmine bright light, well-draining soil, regular watering and fertilizing, timely pruning and repotting, and monitoring for common pests to keep it healthy and encourage abundant blooms.


Let 300 lumens seep and stream as daylight fades to dusk. Jasmine craves bright light to blossom abundantly, yet direct sunlight burns delicate petals. Filter intense daylight through a sheer curtain, or situate her beside a bright, east-facing window.

Light Needs Indoor Outdoor
Intensity Bright indirect light Full sun
Duration 12-14 hours
Recommendations East window, west with sheer curtain filter South or west facing, avoid afternoon

Soil and Water

Well, the best bit of advice I can offer you is to make sure you’re watering that jasmine properly – give her a good soak when the top couple inches of soil go bone dry, but don’t drown the poor girl. She likes staying moist but not sopping wet. A weekly drink will do the trick in the garden, while indoor plants will be thirstier and need a sip 2-3 times a week.


You’ll want to feed jasmine monthly with a fertilizer that has more potassium. Grow lights and nutrient solutions help promote robust growth when inches of soil dry out between watering.


Cut back the vines and branches immediately following the flowering bloom. Pruning jasmine keeps the shrubby varieties shapely and encourages new growth on climbing types in your garden setting. Follow up by trimming errant shoots throughout the summer to shape and invigorate the plant.

Potting and Repotting Jasmine

When transplanting the jasmine into a larger container, make sure to use a potting mix with good drainage, such as a peat-based mix. For example, you could move it from a 4-inch pot to a 6-inch pot after the first year of growth.

As the jasmine’s root system expands, transferring it to a progressively larger pot provides ample space for the roots to spread and grow.

Pests and Problems

Jasmine is susceptible to pests like spider mites and aphids. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil as organic treatments to control infestations without harming bees or other beneficial insects that may pollinate the fragrant blooms.

How to Propagate Jasmine

How to Propagate Jasmine
Let’s see if we can make this engaging without using any of those off-limit words! How ’bout starting with Y’all to grab attention and using contractions like you’re to keep it casual:

Y’all, have you tried layering your vines yet to get more of ’em? Ain’t it a great way to multiply your beauties without much effort on your part? Makes you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner, right?

  • Bend a branch down to the soil and anchor it with a rock or peg. The anchored part will start rooting in a few weeks.
  • Once it’s rooted, cut it from the parent plant and replant. Voila! A new little jasmine to enjoy.
  • You can also try air layering by making a cut and wrapping sphagnum moss around the cut to encourage root growth before severing.
  • Don’t forget to keep the layering and new plant well watered while it establishes.

Growing jasmine from cuttings works well too. Take tip cuttings from new growth in spring and stick them in moist potting mix. Keep ’em warm and humid, and you’ll have fresh new plants in no time. The fast growth habit and vining stems make jasmines perfect for hydroponic systems too.

So go on, get layering and multiplying those fragrant stunners. With a few simple tricks, you’ll have more jasmine than you know what to do with for trading or gifting to all your green-thumbed friends.

Modes of Growing Jasmine Indoors

Modes of Growing Jasmine Indoors
You’ll want to make sure your jasmine gets enough light when growing it indoors. Situate it in a south or west-facing sunny window if possible. Grow tents and hydroponic setups are also good options since they allow you to provide the bright light, warm temperatures, and humidity jasmines crave.

Sunny Window

Place her by the bright sun-filled window so she gets enough light for those fragrant blooms. Jasmines thrive in a south-facing window where they can soak up the sun’s rays all day long. Position the pot as close to the glass as possible without touching and open the blinds fully to maximize light exposure.

Too little light results in sparse, non-fragrant flowers, so give your jasmine the brightest spot you’ve got. With ample sunlight, those delicate white blossoms will perfume the air with their intoxicating scent.

Grow Tents

You’ll love the way grow tents allow jasmine to flourish with tailored light, humidity, and warmth right in your own home. These enclosed spaces give you complete control over the environment your fragrant jasmine vines need to thrive.

Adjustable lights promote lush leaf growth and abundant blooms. Humidifiers keep the air moist for healthy soil. Heated propagation mats boost rooting cuttings. With a grow tent’s customizable conditions, your jasmine’s intoxicating fragrance will fill your indoor garden year-round.


Before you decide on hydroponics for growing jasmine indoors, make sure you’re ready to meet its high water and nutrient demands.

  • Monitor pH and nutrient levels daily.
  • Use clay pellets or perlite, not soil.
  • Provide consistent moisture.
  • Increase air circulation.

With the right hydroponic setup, you can enjoy the tantalizing fragrance of jasmine blooms even in the dead of winter. Just be prepared for the additional care Jasminum polyanthum requires in these artificial settings.

Caring for Indoor Jasmine

Caring for Indoor Jasmine
When growing jasmine indoors, there are a few key things to keep in mind for optimal care. Proper lighting and temperatures are essential – jasmine prefers bright, indirect light and warm temperatures between 70-90°F.

You’ll also need to maintain ideal humidity around 50% or more. Use a well-draining potting mix in a container with drainage holes. Fertilize monthly and water when the top couple of inches of soil become dry. Propagate new plants from cuttings and provide a trellis for vines to climb.

Lighting and Temperature

Ensure the jasmine receives sufficient sunlight from a south or west-facing window as it enjoys bright, indirect light. Place it where it gets 4-6 hours of sunlight daily, rotating it weekly for even growth.

Jasmine thrives in temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid drafty areas that drop below 50 degrees, which can cause leaf drop.

Water and Humidity

Keepin’ those lovely ladylocks juiced up with plenty of agua is key to letting her perfume waft, just like a humid summer breeze carrying the scent of gardenias. Be sure to water your jasmine when the top couple inches of soil feel dry. Use room temperature filtered or distilled H2O to avoid salts.

Mist those vines daily or use a humidifier to keep the foliage happy and hydrated for abundant blooms.

Growing Medium and Container

You’ll want to use a porous potting mix in a container with drainage holes. Aim for open, well-draining soil to prevent soggy roots yet nourish your jasmine. Mix in organic fertilizer or compost for added nutrients, helping maximize fragrance from your beloved plant.


Feed it a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.

  • Use a fertilizer with a high potassium ratio like 10-10-10 or 5-10-5.
  • Apply at half strength every 4 weeks while actively growing.
  • Avoid overfertilizing, which can burn roots.
  • For indoor plants, mix 1/4 tsp fertilizer per gallon of water.

Outdoor jasmines usually don’t need extra fertilizer if planted in decent soil. But container plants and those grown indoors benefit from monthly feeding during the bloom season for lush growth and abundant flowers.

Planting and Propagation

Utilizing cuttings allows replicating your preferred jasmine cultivar. To propagate jasmine from cuttings:

Plant Type Cutting Length Rooting Medium
Common jasmine 4-6 inches Perlite/peat moss
Star jasmine 6-8 inches Sand/perlite
Winter jasmine 3-4 inches Perlite/vermiculite

Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Place in bright, indirect light. Keep moist until rooted. Once rooted, pot up and grow on. This will maintain the exact jasmine variety you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I get my jasmine to bloom more?

Give it full sun and do not overwater. Fertilize monthly with a fertilizer higher in potassium. Prune lightly after each bloom cycle. Keep it above 50°F in winter if it is indoors.

What are some common pests and diseases of jasmine, and how can I treat them?

Aphids and spider mites suck sap – spray neem oil or insecticidal soap. Caterpillars chew leaves – apply Bt or remove by hand. Scale insects on stems/leaves – wipe with an alcohol swab or horticultural oil. Be vigilant in checking for pests and treat quickly before major damage occurs.

Is jasmine toxic to pets or children?

Though jasmine is not poisonous to pets or children, ingesting the plant may cause mild stomach upset, so it’s best to keep jasmine out of reach.

How often and when should I prune my jasmine plant?

You should prune your jasmine plant after it finishes blooming in spring or summer. This encourages the plant to produce more flowers for the next season. Make clean cuts just above leaf nodes using sharp bypass pruners.

Can I grow jasmine in containers? What size pot should I use?

Yes, jasmine does very well in containers. Use a 12-14 inch pot with drainage holes and a well-draining potting mix. You’ll want the pot large enough to accommodate the vining or shrubby growth habit. Fertilize regularly and keep the soil moist but not soggy. Move the potted jasmine plant to a sheltered location for winter if growing outdoors.


With consistent, vibrant indoor blooms all year round, jasmine brings the sweet fragrance of summer right into your home or apartment. Whether climbing up a trellis or spilling from a hanging basket, jasmine’s starry white blossoms perfume any indoor space.

Adhering to some key care practices leaves you to enjoy the heady aromas and velvety petals of this flowering vine. Nurturing your jasmine plant indoors rewards you with the luxurious, perfumed essence of the tropics.

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is a published author and software engineer and agriculture expert from the US. To date, he has helped thousands of people make their yards lush and thick.