Growing Confederate (Star) Jasmine

Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), otherwise known as star jasmine, is an evergreen vine with very fragrant, star-shaped, phlox-like white flowers that bloom in spring and summer. When trained and supported, the fast growing vine can grow up to 18 – 20 feet.

Use star jasmine as accent on porches, trellises, fences, or walls. Can also be grown as a spreading shrub or groundcover, 1½ to 2 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide.

Pinch (remove stem tips) when young to encourage growth and promote branching. If pruning is needed to control growth, do so after flowering.

Can grow from cuttings taken in spring. See Climber propagation provided by The Royal Horticultural Society for advice on growing starts from clippings. Another great one is Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings: Instructions for the Home Gardener Department of Horticultural Science NC State University.

Prefers partial shade to sun. Zones 9 and 10. In hotter climates, grow in partial shade. Moist, well-drained soil. Fertilize in spring. If leaves turn yellow, feed again. In colder climates can be grown as potted plant and taken indoors.

According to Michael Weishan:

"…plant one or two plants every 40 feet or so, adding a bit of 10-10-10 to the planting hole and making sure your jasmine is located in full sun. Star jasmine has a phenomenal growth rate and should cover your fence in no time."

Bonus: Bees love star jasmine. :)

To use in arrangements, place stem tips over an open flame until blackened, or immerse stem tips in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds, to help seal the stems and prevent wilting. (The same process is recommended for Poinsettias, Clematis, Poppies, Euphorbia, Dahlias, Hellebores, and other flowers that ooze milky sap when cutting.)

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