The Q&A Archives: Star Jasmine Indoors

Question: I bought a star jasmine this summer. It is in great shape; I planted it in a larger pot and kept it outside. I live in Minnesota and I have a basement apartment. Can I bring it inside in my entryway for the winter? Or did the sales people Lie and sucker me into investing in this plant? If it is possible what can I do to help the plant through the winter? If I could I would move myself and the plant to a warmer place but no such luck!! I love this plant please help>> Thank You Philaine

Answer: The sales people did not mislead you. You can grow your jasmine in a container, allow it to summer outdoors, and then bring it in when nighttime temperatures dip to about 50F. It's best to gradually acclimate your plant by bringing it indoors at night and taking it back outdoors during the day, leaving it indoors for longer and longer periods of time. (Reverse this process in the spring when you want to reacclimate your plant to being outdoors). Indoors, jasmines need at least four hours of direct sunlight daily or 14 to 16 hours of strong artificial light. (Use fluorescent bulbs or gro-lights; regular light bulbs put off too much heat.) Day temperatures should be 68 to 72 ? F and night temperatures 50 to 55 ? F. Jasmine is not particular about soil but prefers well drained growing medium with some organic matter. Water sparingly in winter when growth is slow. You can fertilize your plant with a diluted liquid fertilizer when new growth begins in the spring. Apply in amounts as recommended on the fertilizer label. Enjoy!

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