4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.
Jasminum polyanthum is the quintessential heirloom, as it has a long and romantic history and heritage gracing the garden fences, walls and homes of gardeners across the globe since at least the late 1800s, as it is mentioned in the Revue Horticole published 1891.
Pink Jasmine or Winter Jasmine, as it is most commonly known, is a seasonal bloomer that bursts forth in peak bloom in late winter and early spring with slender pink pointed buds that open slowly to cover the bush in small, but bountiful and extremely fragrant white, star-shaped flowers. The bloom cycle lasts until late into the Spring or early summer, and scattered flowers frequently appear at random throughout the year.
It is a favorite houseplant where it is frequently trained to grow around small shaped frames made of metal or bamboo, or used to build living walls, line fences, cover arbors, arches and trellises, or scamper up and cascade over most any structure. Pink Jasmine also makes a wonderful background plant for tiered and mixed perennial beds.
This jasmine is a fast growing native of southern China that will gain several feet in both height and spread in just a few seasons with good care, and will eventually mature with 20 to 25 ft long limbs if not trimmed and shaped. It is mostly evergreen, but does go dormant occasionally in Zone 8. At least annual trimming and maintenance is needed for it to look it's best and achieve it's full blooming potential.
Plant it near frequently used entrances, exits, or windows that can be opened to enjoy the heavenly fragrance to maximum.
This jasmine is not as tropical as many other jasmine cultivars, with a well established, mature plant having the ability to withstand reasonably short durations of cold into the mid 20sºF. Night time chilling of at least a few hours between 40º to 60ºF is needed for flower development. Although the plant will grow well in Zones 10 and 11, in warm winters in may not always reach it's full bloom potential.
This cultivar is frequently confused with Jasmine officinale or Poets Jasmine and Jasmine nitidum or Star Jasmine with which it shares some common characteristics. It is similar in fragrance and growth habit to officinale, but somewhat less somewhat less cold tolerant with substantially more pink in the flowers. Both are called by the common name Perfume, or French Perfume Jasmine. The flowers and buds are very similar to nitidum, however nitidum is substantially less cold tolerant than polyanthum, different in growth habit, not nearly as fragrant, but it is a perpetual bloomer with larger buds and flowers. The flowers of nitidum typically have 7 to 12 narrow, elongated petals stacked in a double row.
||Pink or White Jasmine, Winter Jasmine
||Summer to Fall
||7, 8, 9, 10
||Fragrant, easy to grow, versatile
||Fences, arbor, pergola, trellis, baskets
||Ancient species jasmine
Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape.
When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 7, 8 9, and 10, and can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.
- Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
- Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
- Provide supplemental irrigation.
- Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter.
- Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
- Prune after flowering to encourage branching to promote uniform shape and control size. Avoid pruning in late spring, as it blooms on old growth.
- Protect from frost and freeze until very well established.
- Plant early in the season in Zones 7 and 8.
- Reduce watering during winter dormancy.
- Provide full spectrum light when growing indoors.