Delicate and dainty with small flowers, jasmine is known around the world for its unique tropical smell and pretty blossoms that attract bees. The jasmine flower is usually white, although some species are yellow or cream, and it can bloom all year long. Jasmine can grow in a pot or hanging basket. It can also be planted directly in the ground and trained to climb or grow as bushes or ground cover. Exotic and alluring, the Arabian jasmine plant is a native of Southeast Asia. Known botanically as Jasminum sambac, its highly fragrant flowers are prized. In fact, it’s the national plant of the Philippines and one of the three national plants of Indonesia! The floral aroma is used in China to scent jasmine teas, and jasmine flowers adorn leis in the Hawaiian islands.
Common name: Jasmine Plant, Arabian Jasmine
Scientific name: Jasminum sambac
Size: Up to a few feet in a pot. Quite big and bushy in the ground.
Where to keep the plant: They prefer direct sunlight to bloom flowers. Keep it outdoors, if not the balcony.
Regular watering. Check the soil moisture before watering – if the top two inches are dry, it’s time to water. Avoid overwatering, as stem or root rot may result.
Direct sunlight. Aim for 6-8 hrs of light per day. When planting jasmine, select a location where it can receive full sun to partial shade.
Loose, light, humusy soil is ideal for your Arabian jasmine plant. It should be well-draining but hold water well.
They love warm temperatures and humid conditions.
Fertilize your outdoor jasmine plant four times during the year. For balcony plants, use a liquid fertilizer, diluted in water. Thoroughly water to saturate the plant’s soil. Then, slowly pour the fertilizer over the soil.
Jasmine plants are generally propagated by cuttings. Cut just below a leaf node, and remove all but the top three leaves on the cutting. If there are any buds or old flowers, remove those too. Dip your cutting into water, then a rooting hormone, and place it in prepared potting soil.