The Q&A Archives: Star Jasmine

Question: I am in Zone 4 and planted a Star Jasmine in the spring. Is there any way to save this plant thru the winter?

Answer: You're right in begin concerned about your star jasmine. It is not hardy outdoors in your growing region. You'll want to pot your plant up, take it indoors and set it in the sunniest south facing window possible. (keep the drapes or miniblinds open all day). Indoors the sun is never as bright as outdoors so this plant needs as much sun as possible. Fertilize it regularly except not in December and January. It will still have shorter days during the winter so it will gradually stop blooming. In the spring when it is time for it to go outdoors again give it a tablespoon or epsom salts. This is magnesium sulfate and it will help it start blooming again in the spring. Giving your plant enough light during the winter is the biggest problem. Also be careful not to overwater. Let the soil get dry on the top 1-2 inches before watering again. More houseplants are killed by too much water than by too little. Good luck with your Star jasmine.

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