The Q&A Archives: Wintering Jasmine Plant

Question: I received a cutting from a Jasmine plant. Having never seen a jasmine plant I have no idea what type it is. Its groups of three oval pointed leaves. I have it planted in a pot in the yard. How do I care for it this winter? Will it flower?

Answer: There are many kinds of jasmine. Some are evergreen and some are deciduous; some are hardy and some are tender. If you got your plant locally, it's probably hardy in your area. If you picked it up elsewhere, or ordered through the mail, it may be a tender variety that will need to spend the winter in a protected place. Just to be on the safe side, why not move the pot to an unheated garage or basement before the first frost? Jasmine will flower in the spring and summer months (which is a good time to positively identify your plant). Yellow flowering varieties are usually without scent, but some white flowering varieties can be very fragrant, and are wonderful planted near windows or doors where you can enjoy the perfume while the plant is in bloom.

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