Pink star shaped jasmine is the perfect vine for covering archways, fences and pergolas, provided that the jasmine is properly trained and given adequate support. Featuring cascading white blooms in late winter and early spring, pink jasmine (so named for the color of the outside of its closed blossoms) is an excellent plant for dressing up a landscape that lacks late winter foliage. These tips will help you get started growing your pink jasmine at home.
Conditions for Planting
To promote healthy growth, plant your pink jasmine in a location where it's exposed to full sun. Southern exposures are acceptable—even in hot, intense desert southwest climates—provided that the jasmine will be watered regularly. Plant your jasmine in well-draining, nutrient-rich soil amended with compost. After the plant has been transplanted, spread a layer of mulch over the soil around the vine to hold in moisture.
Plant your jasmine in a location where it can wrap itself around a post or wall. If you're planting in a pot, install a climbing pole in the center of the pot.
Regular Watering and Maintenance
Pink jasmine is a thirsty plant that requires regular watering to ensure that the plant gets adequate moisture. In the first few weeks, water your jasmine every other day. Over the course of several weeks after planting the jasmine, cut back the watering schedule to a couple times per week. During times of drought or intense heat, you may need to water your jasmine as often as three times per week. Cut back your watering to once per week during the winter.
As the vine grows, train it to grow up the wall or pole using twine to tie it in place. Note that soft plant twine is preferable because it is gentle on plants and can prevent the bark on the vine from stripping in high winds.
Prune your pink jasmine at the beginning of the fall, before the blossoms begin to form. Use sharp, clean pruning shears to cut away unwanted growth and promote full, healthy, new growth.
Take Inside When Appropriate
In USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10, pink jasmine will grow outdoors all year round. If you live in colder hardiness zones, you can still enjoy pink jasmine on your property. Simply grow the jasmine in a pot and bring it indoors before the first frost. Pink jasmine can be brought outdoors after the last frost in spring.
For more information about how to grow pink jasmine in your property, speak with a professional landscaper, such as those at Wagner Sod, Landscaping and Irrigation Co., Inc. He or she can show you the best locations on your property to grow jasmine and can give you more tips for planting and cultivating.