Jasmine, Sambac


QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - In-ground hardy in zones 9 to 10. In zones 3 to 8 move indoors in fall and treat as a houseplant.

3. Planting Distance - 3 feet apart in-ground (zones 9 to 10 only).  One plant per 12 inch or larger container.

4. Mature Height/Spread - 3 to 4 feet tall with a 4 to 5 feet spread. Sambac Jasmine is naturally vining and will climb up a trellis if you like or it can be kept in more of a bush form by trimming the long vines after flowering.  Trimming the plant will encourage fuller branching growth and more flowers.

5. Bloom Time - Spring to fall.

6. Planting Instructions -

For container planting: Fill the container with soil to within 4 inches of the top. Dig a hole in soil to insert the lower part of the root ball.  Remove plastic containers and loosen up roots that have encircled the growing pot.  Place the plant in the hole and back fill to original soil line. Water well, and if necessary, adjust the plant so that it is upright. Add additional soil to bring the level back up to the original soil line. Never insert the plant lower than the original top of the soil ball.

For in-ground planting in zones 9 to 10: Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown. Gently remove the root ball from the pot. Partially backfill the hole with soil and place the plant into the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant carefully and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly.

GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT

This is a plant of great recognition to people of all cultures. The name itself invokes intoxicating fragrance. There are many varieties of Jasmine - some grown only for their floral display and others for their unique fragrance. Sambac is in the latter category. Although Sambac is the name most growers in the U.S. use when talking about this plant, it is also known as the "Maid of New Orleans" as well as Arabian Tea Jasmine.

SOIL PREPARATION

For in-ground planting, although these plants perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance.  See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:

1.  Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.

2.  To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.

3.  After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.

CONTINUING CARE

Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).

Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.

Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with other plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.

Grooming - Clip off any unsightly or dead growth to maintain good form and shape.  Plants should be pruned regularly to maintain desired shape and size. Pruning also helps promote blooming since flowers are produced on new wood.  No major pruning is needed.

Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.

Winterizing - Hardy in-ground only in zones 9 to 10.  In zones 3 to 8 move your plant indoors before the first frost.

When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably one with a southern exposure. Even a bathroom will do if it has a southern exposure.  Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however; this does not mean to water them daily. Bathrooms simply provide natural humidity for the plant's environment. 

If you place your plant in any other room, you can boost the humidity level around your plant by filling a shallow tray with gravel and water then placing the pot in the tray.  The water level should be slightly below the gravel so that the pot is not submerged in the water.  You may also use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water once a week.

All other watering and feeding indoors should be reduced significantly.  Do not over water or allow your plants to sit in water.  If you follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter, your plant will extend its performance of joy from the day you received it.

In spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.

 

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.