Growing Winter Jasmine

Growing Winter Jasmine
Growing Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine is one of those plants that thrive in poor soils. It prefers well drained sites and adapts to dry soils. However, in order for the plant to bloom freely, it will need watering when rains aren’t adequate.

Although winter jasmine adapts to both full sun and shade, it is more floriferous when grown in sunny spots.

The plant transplants well and can be trained to a trellis, fence, wall, or other support. Winter jasmine is perfect for growing on banks, in raised beds, and as informal hedges. This also makes a good specimen plant.

Winter jasmine can be trained as a shrub by shortening the shoots and attaching the remaining stems to a support. The plant isn’t a true twining vine, so the stems will need to be tied in place to its support.

Prune in the Spring after the plant has quit flowering. If left unpruned, the
plant can become untidy. Prune annually by removing some of the older shoots.

Generally, winter jasmine experiences few serious problems. The plant does tend to spread because the shoots can root wherever they touch the ground. If necessary, keep the plants in check by removing the unwanted stems.

This plant can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, and layering, Quackin Grass Nursery sells a variegated winter jasmine called Mystique. One of the variegated plants is planted on the Oregon State University campus.

My Southern Living garden book recommends over a dozen other jasmine species. These include showy jamine, which does well in some parts of the South. Like winter jasmine, it blooms for an extended period. It does begin flowering later in the season—during the spring and continuing into autumn.

History of Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine was first introduced to England in 1844. It first appeared in American nursery and garden catalogs in the 1850s.

At that time, winter jasmine was recommended for greenhouses and conservatories. It was also promoted as an outstanding choice for landscapes as well.

The Horticulturist magazine featured an article on the plant, which was written by editor J. Smith.

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