The Q&A Archives: Arabian Jasmine

Question: Please give me tips on pruning and propagation. And, How do I cut the flower after it has withered to give the plant more space to grow more leaves?

Answer: Your Arabian jasmine will grow new flowering stems if you cut back some of the stems, or if you pinch out the stem tips. When you cut the stems, it forces new growth lower down on the stem. Since your plant produces flowers on new stems, you'll get lots of new flowers as long as you keep pruning off or pinching out the stem tips. It isn't necessary to cut off the old, dead flowers, but you can if you wish.

Jasmine is easy to propagate. You can either bend one of the stems down so it rests on the soil, nick the stem just a little, cover it with soil, and then anchor it down with a stone. Keep it well watered and it will produce roots where the wounded stem makes contact with the earth. After it has produced roots you can cut it away from the parent plant. Or, you can try to root stem tip cuttings. Take a 5-6 inch long cutting, remove some of the lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant it in a container filled with moistened potting soil. Take several cuttings because not all of them will root. Keep the soil moist and the stem cuttings should root in a few weeks.

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