The Q&A Archives: Arabian Jasmine

Question: I just purchased a small Arabian jasmine and live in a somewhat well lit place. This is my first plant and I was just wondering how I should treat it. How often do I water it? How much sunlight does it need? What type of container should I have it in? When will it blossom? How long will the fragrance last? Obviously I have many questions. If you could point me in the direction of a book or web page it would be great. Thanks for your time!

Answer: Jasminum sambac, your Arabian jasmine, is a tender plant (suitable for indoors in your gardening region) and is commonly grown in Hawaii where the flower is a favorite for inclusion in leis. The flowers are also used for making perfume. The plant will grow to 5' tall with glossy green leaves to 3" long. The flowers are white, about 1" across, and powerfully fragrant. Usual flowering season is June-September.

They grow best in a bright site in well-drained, light soil enriched with leaf mold, peat moss or compost. From spring through fall, fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Tie the stems to supports and keep the soil evenly moist through the growing season. Prune after flowering to keep the plants thinned and shaped.

You'll find pictures and lots of cultural information on the web by doing a search on 'Jasminum sambac'. Enjoy your new plant!

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