The Q&A Archives: Jasmine Bush Plant

Question: I would like to know how to take care of this jasmine plant. I hear that its a difficult plant to look after?

Answer: Most species of jasmine grown today were originally native to tropical Asia and parts of China. The jasmines that can be grown as houseplants are tropical or subtropical vines or subshrubs grown for their fragrance. While there are over 200 species grown throughout the world, only a few can be successfully grown indoors.

The cultural requirements of the indoor varieties of jasmine are the same. They all need bright light with at least four hours of direct sun per day. In spring and summer water regularly and fertilize every two weeks with a high phosphorus fertilizer to encourage good flower development. If possible, place the plant outside in direct sun for the summer (after a gradual period of acclimatization to the outdoors). Pruning and repotting should take place in spring. Jasmine, like many other tropical flowering plants, requires at least a 15-degree difference between day and night temperatures.

Best wishes with your jasmine!

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