Star Jasmine Plant Care And Growing Tips
The Star Jasmine is a great plant choice for a shade tolerant flowering vine. You can grow Star Jasmine trained on a trellis or allow to ramble as a groundcover. Star Jasmine vine is a plant highly prized for ease of care and lovely scented flowers.
Also known as Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine is a twining vine with oval, leathery three-inch leaves that are glossy light green when new, maturing to a darker green. The white flowers grow as clusters of one inch pinwheel shaped blossoms on top of the dark green foliage during spring and summer.
The blossoms give off a deliciously sweet scent. You don’t even have to see the flowers to know it’s in bloom, as the plant can easily perfume an entire yard. Snip a few tendrils in the early morning when the dew is still on the blossoms, and enjoy the fragrance indoors all day.
Botanical Name: Trachelospermum jasminoides
Common Names: Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, Southern Jasmine, Chinese Star Jasmine.
Hardiness Zone: 8-10 – cooler zones can bring potted plants indoors for winter, or use as annual.
Bloom Time: Spring flush of blooms and sporadic summer blossoming
Pollinators: The fragrant white flowers will attract bees and butterflies to your landscape
Star Jasmine Vine Shrub
from: Perfect Plants Nursery
Star Jasmine grows 3-6 feet a year until it reaches a maximum of 20-25 feet under ideal conditions. Star Jasmine is a vigorous grower.
Thrives most in full sun to partial shade but fewer blooms in less sun and less vigorous growth.
Tolerant of a wide range of soil types, any well-drained soil is perfect. Moderate moisture, especially while young plants are establishing. It prospers in a variety of planting sites as long as it is in well-drained soil.
Water deeply for the first year of planting, especially during dry spells, to establish a strong root system. Mature plants are drought tolerant. To prevent moisture loss, Blanket the soil around plants with a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch.
Star Jasmine is easy to grow as a climber or ground cover. It is known for its ability to frame objects such as arches for walkways, and is easy to trim as desired.
Use Jasmine to frame porches or mailbox, accent trellises, lamp posts or for screening. Create privacy or naturally mask a view by growing on fences or walls.
Allow Star Jasmine to sprawl as a quick groundcover under partially shady trees. Indoors it will readily spill over the edges of hanging baskets or climb up a small trellis. Note that the less sunlight the less flowers will bloom and less vigorous growth will occur.
Great for use in containers and as indoor houseplants, especially in Zone 8 or cooler. Choose a pot with drainage and organically rich potting mix.
Bees and rabbits love this vine, so be aware of where you’re planting it.
Note: Star Jasmine vine is not the same plant for Jasmine tea and is not edible. Look for Jasminum species such as J. officinale, J. sambac, to fragrance tea.
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Care of Star Jasmine Vine
No special plant care is required for well-established plants, except trimming to maintain the desired shape, and occasional fertilizing. Water deeply for the first year of planting, especially during dry spells, to establish a strong root system.
With proper care and conditions, Star Jasmine can live many years, so take care to provide a sturdy foundation for their growth.
Protect from cool drying winds which can severely damage the plant.
Start fertilizing after new growth occurs in spring but before the flower buds are formed. Feed with a liquid Jasmine Fertilizer that is formulated with the proper blend of nutrients for feeding flowering plants. During the season, fertilize every six weeks.
Prune when it outgrows its space or once a year to encourage new growth. Pruning is recommended in spring or summer as soon as the plant is finished flowering. Prune regularly during summer to keep the plant in desired shape. Avoid pruning during late autumn and winter because the plant is preparing itself for spring flowering at that time.
Common Pests and Diseases
The Star Jasmine is typically a disease and pest free type of jasmine. Weakened plants may be affected by problems with scale insects, honeydew and sooty mold. Weakened plants may also be susceptible to predation by Japanese beetles. Don’t overwater plants and keep pruned to allow air movement throughout vine and avoid overcrowding of stems.
Star Jasmine combines ease of care and the benefits of a shade tolerant vine that flowers.
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