Jasmine Winter Protection - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, PA
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Question by akhbalal
October 9, 1999
Please advise methods of protecting star jasmine plants from winter temperatures in zone 6. I have three grown from small shoots I obtained this spring. The plants are now roughly four feet high and have well developed root systems. I hesitate to transfer them to large containers and bring them into the house owing to lack of space.

Answer from NGA
October 9, 1999
Unfortunately, Star Jasmine (Jasminum nitidum) is not a winter hardy plant, so apart from building a heated greenhouse over top of them I can't think of a way to protect them for the winter outdoors. To conserve space you can try digging them up and cutting them back and bringing them in to a cool area where they will not grow much at all. You could also take tip cuttings as insurance in case they don't appreciate the disruption and/or simply overwinter the small cuttings.

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