Jasminum Polyanthum (Pink Jasmine): Growing and Caring Tips

Jasminum Polyanthum Pink Jasmine


Plant Type: Vine
Family: Jasminum
Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade
Watering: Low - Moist, well-drained, loamy soil
Colors: Pink, White
Size: 3–6 ft. tall, 3–6 ft. wide
Hardiness Zones: 8–10 (USDA)
Soil Type: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Neutral to acidic
Propagation: by cuttings
Toxicity: Non-toxic

Growing Jasminum polyanthum in your garden or backyard might not be as easy as it sounds. Consider factors such as soil, water, fertilizer, and temperature. You should also keep an eye out for annoying pests that enter your garden.

Plant your Jasmine in a sunny spot with room to ramble. It is really important to provide regular watering during summer season and a less water intake in winter. The soil should be always well drained and enriched with regular fertilizing during the growing season.

When successful, this plant yields a beautiful display of buds and flowers. Since this is a lovely twining plant, it can be a great alternative ground cover. They also emit a scent that captivates your nose – and your neighbors. A true natural mood booster!

If you’re curious about how to grow and care for Pink Jasmines, read on.

Jasminum Polyanthum Plant Details

Pink Jasmines bloom in clusters of starry white and pink buds. With its bicolor effect and lush green foliage, it would be one of your favorite sights!

This twining creeper is a genus of about 200 species from the olive family. Jasminum polyanthum is a plant native to some parts of Asia, Africa, and Australia. It is also a thriving gem in much cooler places. It has many colors and habitats but all share a single characteristic: fragrance. Its irresistible scent is useful for perfumes, candles, and essential oils. These are best when organic! 

Growing Your Jasminum Polyanthum 

You might be wondering how you can grow these in your yard, deck, or on your patio. To tell you the truth, growing pink jasmine isn’t as laborious as growing orchids! It takes minimal effort, support, and training. That said, here are a few things you should consider in growing Jasminum polyanthum.

Select a Proper Location

The best location for Jasminum polyanthum is full sun or partial shade. Make sure it has sheltered southern exposure.  If you live in a warm climate, protect the plant from intense midday and afternoon sun to avoid water stress. Provide a balance of moisture and oxygen for the roots by planting them in well-drained soil.

The plant makes a wonderful outdoor backdrop, but is usually grown in containers. A terracotta pot with enough bottom drainage holes works well. Pink Jasmine grows up to twenty feet in length as its tendrils seek all forms of support. You can grow them in trellises, arbors, or hanging baskets to display their blossoms. 

Provide Moisture

As a rule of thumb, Pink Jasmine needs regular watering. It should maintain moist soil throughout the active growth season. If you live somewhere humid, water it more often and in moderate amounts to avoid sogginess. Its leaves can be prone to yellowing and drying out. To avoid this, mist the foliage with a spray bottle to provide a healthy niche for flowering buds. 

During the winter season, it is important to water it less.

Pink Jasmine - Jasminum Polyanthum

Adjust Temperatures for Flowering

Jasminum polyanthum can survive up to 20°F. Even so, that temperature may incur damage to its stems. To make sure that it will stay evergreen, maintain a frost-free area.  

During fall, keep your container-grown pink jasmine indoors to avoid unexpected frosting. But, do not get too overwhelmed by the cold! Cool nighttime temperatures trigger the buds to bloom. It will take around two months for full blooms and buds to keep their fragrance. And it would all happen during late winter through early spring.

Provide Nutrition

Jasminum polyanthum requires regular fertilizing during the growing season. Give it a weekly boost by applying a mixture of  1/4  teaspoon of fertilizer and a gallon of water. This serves as an alternative to regular watering but don’t overdo it! Pink Jasmine is fast-growing and has the tendency to crowd spaces in more ways than one. During the winter season, light levels and temperatures tend to drop. And to avoid overcrowding, you should refrain from feeding them with fertilizers.

Prune and Pinch!

Vigorous growth often calls for serious pruning. It can be bothersome when it gets out of control! You may want to prune the vine’s size, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Pruning it back to your desired size after it finishes blooming in late spring is best. You should note that Pink Jasmine can flower on old wood. So, pruning as soon as it finishes flowering leaves plenty of time for new buds to form.

The ideal time to prune is during late summer. Use sharp, non-toxic bypass pruners for pruning. Do not forget to sterilize the blades with household disinfectants. You should do this before and after you prune! You can also pinch back vine ends throughout the growing season to promote fuller growth. Do not prune or pinch once fall begins; this is when it usually sets its buds. 

Manage Pests

Jasminum polyanthum is a delicate, beautiful, and fragrant flower. And like any other plant, it is susceptible to all sorts of pests. Spider mites, aphids, and scale insects can invade the undersides of its leaves.

To treat your infested Pink Jasmines, mix 1 ½ teaspoon of pure neem oil and a quart of warm water in a small sprayer. Add one drop of dishwashing liquid or soap to help the solution stick to the leaves. Shake well and spray it on the vine until both sides of the leaves are wet. Repeat the procedure after a week to prevent pests from reoccurring. If the vine is outdoors, spray the solution early in the morning or late evening. 


How to Propagate Jasminum Polyanthum

Like other ornamental shrubs, propagating Jasminum polyanthum is viable through cuttings. How is that done? Follow these simple instructions:

  • Collect health branches and cut them about 6-7 inches in length with all the leaves removed.
  • Banana peels can serve as a rooting hormone if you play your cuttings in sand. Trim the outer part of the branch and cover it with peel.
  • After placing the cuttings in the container, provide an ample amount of water.
  • Cover with a plastic bag to avoid dehydration and wait 3-4 weeks to establish a root system.

As an alternative to the method above, you can also:

  • Prepare a soil mixer that consists of 40% soil, 30% compost, and 30% sand.
  • Place in a tin can or a cup with holes for water drain.
  • Once done, water the planted cuttings, and observe the first bud after a week.
  • Wait for the roots to appear. Once visible, transfer your propagated Pink Jasmine into its permanent home.

Jasminum polyanthum produces seeds during late summer. You may use seeds to propagate instead of the cutting method. Although this would need a longer time, you can expect the same results. To do this you should:

  • Prepare a container with a mixture of soil and light compost, pour some water, and then allow it to drain.
  • Soak the seeds in warm water and place them on moist soil. Add a thin layer of soil and light compost mixture on top, enough to cover the seeds.
  • Keep the seeds at 70 degrees Fahrenheit to encourage germination. Give it 8 to 10 hours of indirect sunlight each day.
  • Sprinkle water on the seeds with a spray but avoid drowning them out. Since the seeds take time to germinate, it is best to keep the container moist for a month. Do this until a sprout starts to appear.
Jasminum Polyanthum

General Care Tips for Jasminum Polyanthum

Yes, it may sound hard to grow Jasminum polyanthum in your backyard. But, if you follow these simple tips, you’ll enjoy a rewarding display in no time!

  1. Place your Jasminum polyanthum in an area where there is south-facing bright light. You should make sure it gets a few hours of direct sunlight.
  1. Keep it moist. Do not overwater to avoid rotting or sogging, especially during the winter. And during the dry season, mist your Pink Jasmines every day to avoid drying.
  1. Apply liquid fertilizer once every two weeks to keep it standard evergreen. Remember not to over-fertilize! Since it is a fast-growing vine, it may overcrowd your backyard or your indoor garden.
  1. Pink Jasmines love a well-drained loam and/or compost, and sand. Allow its roots to breathe by adding a few holes in the container.
  1. Its tropical nature makes it drought-tolerant but it thrives in winter too. Take note of the temperatures required and maintain them to help the plant bloom.
  1. Prune your Jasminum polyanthum to control its growth. It is ideal to prune in summer, but feel free to prune too. Sterilize your equipment using household disinfectants before and after pruning.
  1. Since it is prone to spider mites, scale insects, and aphids, maintain the plant by checking it every day. You don’t want pests to destroy its beauty!

Why Settle for Jasminum Polyanthum?

Jasminum polyanthum vines are a gem for your garden collection! It’s easy to grow, takes less effort to maintain, and is a perfect house plant for all seasons. It’s a crowd favorite when it comes to an organic air freshener. It’s cheap and available in the market. If a beautiful and fragrant display is your thing, you’ll never go wrong with Pink Jasmines!

Have you made the right choice yet? Share your experience if you have grown Jasminum polyanthum in your backyard!