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How to Grow Jasmine Indoors

by Fern on December 16, 2009

in Indoor Gardening

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Can you imagine the wonderful smell of jasmine scenting your home? Not to mention how beautiful it would look!

Jasmine is easy to grow indoors so long as you don’t overheat your home or allow the soil to dry out. Try to keep temperatures below 65 degrees F while the buds are developing. Perhaps you have a room you don’t heat, or a particularly cool bathroom to keep the jasmine during that time. Jasmine likes bright, filtered light, so a lot of bathrooms are perfect, especially since they like things a little on the humid side.

Feed your Jasmine once a month during spring and summer with half strength liquid fertilizer that is low in nitrogen. Or, if you prefer, give it slow release fertilizer in early Spring and forget about fertilizing all together.

If your Jasmine needs a haircut, trim it back immediately after blooming. If you wait too long, you risk cutting off the buds that will turn into next season’s flowers.

Don’t forget that while Jasmine is not toxic to kitties, it is to dogs. Even if you are a better housekeeper than Martha Stewart, flowers and leaves will fall to the ground before you have a chance to clean them up. But your pup will find those leaves ASAP.

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Joseph Tychonievich December 16, 2009 at 8:20 am

Hmm… I might have to get me one of those. I never heat my house to 65 degrees!

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Fern December 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Joseph–Brrrr. You must be my husband’s long lost twin. He likes things frosty too!

Mary–Your bathroom sounds like a good spot!

melanie watts December 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

I would love to have a Jasmine plant. Although I have never seen one in any nursery or anywhere, up here. I wonder if you can grow it from seed ?

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Fern December 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Melanie–The link in the beginning of this post is to a mailorder nursery that ships Jasmines. They’re a highly regarded nursery, but they can be kind of expensive. I bet if you googled a bit, you could find a less expensive mailorder option.

Mary C December 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

oh this would probably work in my bathroom with the skylight!

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shari December 16, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I have bought three jasmines over the last few years and killed all three in a matter of weeks, regardless of indoor conditions. (They are often available at Trader Joe’s in my area.) I finally gave up and grew it in a pot on the patio for several months, bringing it for special occasions. It was the only way we could get along. I love jasmine but it apparently doesn’t love me. :-(

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Fern December 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Shari–Hmm. I wonder if it doesn’t get cold enough in your house?

viggie December 17, 2009 at 5:27 am

What a cool idea! I too don’t heat higher than 65 and the bathroom has one of those privacy block windows which lets in lots of light (and cold, ugh)…I bookmarked this as something to try when I get a chance :)

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Chris June 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

How do you know when the jasmine will bloom. I’ve brought mine in – hoping it will do fine in the house. And now there’s all these tiny, what hopefully will be, blooms. I’m hoping it’s not spent blooms from last time. And how often in a year will the Jasmine bloom?

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Fern June 21, 2010 at 12:02 am

Chris–Jasmine blooms in either Spring or Summer, depending on the species. Look for small unopened flower buds. When you see those, blooming will follow shortly.

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Daria July 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hey Fern! I absolutely adore your website and especially the feature on growing Jasmine. I live in a condo so I don’t have the open space of a lawn or garden so I would like to grow Jasmine indoors. I live in Alberta so the winters can be rather brutal to plants but the summers are lovely. Could you maybe help me with some specifics? Do you grow Jasmine from seeds? What size and sort of pot should I use and how much soil? If you could help with any of those questions I would really appreciate it. Again I love your site!

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Fern July 5, 2010 at 12:36 am

Daria–I would start with a plant from the nursery, not from seed. Jasmine will flower in a relatively small pot, but the size of the pot will dictate the size of the plant (small pot, small plant). I would start off with a pot in the 12 inch range. Use good quality potting mix and fill the pot to about an inche below the edge of the pot. Hope that info helps!

jasmine lover September 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

What is the reason for my one day old bloomed Jasimne flower to fall off? The flower is still very fragrant but I can’t enjoy it more than a day. Please help.

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Sierra June 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

Please help! I’ve been a jasmine lover for awhile. A co-worker brought some in today for me-roots and all. Its currently in a plastic bag with damp papertowels aroung the roots until I get home. I live in Houston, TX. Houston + summer = BRUTAL HEAT! Even if I left the a/c on at home all day, my apartment wouldn’t cool down to 65 degrees. Am I destined to be jasmine-less or is there a way I can still grow it where I am? I really don’t want to give up on having it in my home, but I don’t know what to do. Outside, its anywhere from 95-102 degrees each day until around 7pm.

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Ryan January 2, 2012 at 3:16 am

Jasmine is a tropical plant. Keeping temps below 65 degrees is non-sense, especially for the true varieties. I live in south florida and my plant in the ground produce the most flowers in summer when the temp is well over 80. I question whether the person who wrote this article even has any experience growing jasmine. They may need quite a bit of direct light to do well.

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Savitha March 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Jasmine blooms year round in tropical countries like India. I have a jasmine plant for two weeks now in New England, any idea if the plant will bloom indoors all year round?

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Sharon March 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hi,

I live in Houston as well and plan on purchasing a jasmine plant for our bedroom, which faces east. While the AC is on when it’s really hot outside (as Sierra notes, Houston summers are brutal), the house never gets as low as 65 degrees.

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Sierra May 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Sharon,
Did you have any success with your indoor plant? My first outdoor attempt failed (I waited too long to replant once I brought it home). I bought another today and replanted it immediately. I’m going to try it on my patio, which gets sun for about 6 hours a day.

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jodiahs June 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I first purchased a jasmine plant at a local farmer’s market in Indianapolis and brought it inside every winter. It dropped leaves, but grew long and splindly so I cut it back and stuck the cuttings in water where they rooted. I still have the original plant (from the cuttings as the original plant grew too large for my HUGE pot and died) and put it out each spring when the weather is assured of being warm. It has never failed to bloom late in the summer and has the most delicious aroma in the world. I experimented and it proved to work out and I would encourage everyone to do the same. It’s a beautiful plant and well worth the (little) effort it takes to grow. Just remember to water it and take those cuttings when you can and you’ll have jasmine indoors (although mine didn’t bloom indoors) and out!

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dianne August 6, 2012 at 2:17 am

I have a small jasmine plant recently purchased. My question is…. how much sun (or in my case, how little) does the plant need to thrive? My jasmine is planted against a trellis where the sun is dappled most of the afternoon, there is never direct sunlight on the plant, will it be ok in this location. ?

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Betty August 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

I live in Jacksonville, Florida and recently bought two jasmine and two two grand duke (looks like miniature white roses) plants. I mix in two drops of Superthrive fertilizer everytime I water them and they are thriving very well and have been giving me flowers lately.

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Betty August 18, 2012 at 5:21 am

I agree with Ryan. My plant is thriving in full direct sun and the flowers are much bigger (just like the flowers they sell in the tropics). I may not have a green thump but some neighbors will help themselves for a few cuttings. One of my jasmine plants was sorta round-shaped when I got them from the plant nursery but now it is moon-shaped thanks to the thief.

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Lynda Doberman October 21, 2012 at 6:53 am

Just had to look up info about Jasmine. I am glad I found this article. I signed up to get email from this group! Thanks.

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Lynda Doberman October 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

I was surprised to find out the light requirements for inside Jasmine growing were easy plus, temp low. But I have a Doberman. But I will not be growing it inside because of the leaves being poison to dogs. I find it off, it’s ok for cats, but not dogs. But I am glad I read the article before bringing it inside.

Stephanie Connell February 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I just bought a small jasmine plant for my bedroom from Trader Joe’s. Winter we keep our house between 65-68(overnight) and during the summer about 70…will my plant be ok? I could set it in the bathroom but im not sure how much light it would get. We do have a basement if that would be better.

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Roxy of WeHo June 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

Not all jasmine is toxic to dogs. The jasmine you have pictured I believe is Star Jasmine and it’s not toxic. Cape Jasmine (also called Gardenias) and Paraguayan Jasmine ARE toxic but they look very different.

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/star-jasmine
http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/confederate-jasmine
http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/cape-jasmine.aspx
http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/paraguayan-jasmine.aspx

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debbie June 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

i got my jasmine at walmart on clearance for $3.49 and i got my a lilac tree for the same price i really wanted to buy there pear and plum trees which where only $12 or $13 on clearance but i didn’t have the money at the time so yeah still…. i scored big time on this one now i just gotta figure out how to plant this jasmine indoors lol

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Conde August 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

Am from Africa where the smell of jasmine is still refresh in my mind. I leave in an apt with a patio with some fence. I bought this jasmine plant form home depo. The plant is growing but no buds. It has long stems with green leaves cut those off. I wondering when will the jasmine have flowers. I leave in Jacksonville
fL.

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