How do I prune my jasmine? - Knowledgebase Question

Columbus, Oh
Question by dsells
August 19, 2008
I have a Grand Duke and a Maid of Orleans Jasmine - I keep reading that I should prune them after they bloom to encourage new growth, but I have no idea how much to cut off. I've been snipping the old wood after the blooms drop, but should I do more? The Maid of Orleans is growing in all directions and has lots of blooms, the Grand Duke is growing taller, but not so much 'side' growth.

Answer from NGA
August 19, 2008


Since jasmines bloom on new growth, the more new growth you have, the more flowers you'll have. Pruning is straight-forward: everytime you prune a stem, two new stems will be produced. So, the more you cut back your plants, the more flowering new growth will be produced. The best approach is to prune your jasmines back hard in the spring and then prune periodically during the summer season to encourage new growth. This will keep your plants compact and full of flowers. Hard pruning means removing all the old, dead growth and reducing the plant's size by about one-half. Hope this provides you some guidance!

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