How to Care for Pikake Plants

The pikake is a jasmine plant with origins in India. However, pikakes are commonly associated with Hawaii, where they are often used to make flower leis. These plants are beautiful additions to warm-weather gardens, but their tropical nature means that they cannot survive in colder climates. While pikake plants require specific attention and care, as long as the weather is hot enough, they are not particularly finicky.

Things You'll Need

  • Pikake plants
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


    • 1

      Pick a spot in your garden where the plants will be constantly exposed to the sun. Growing pikakes in the shade can stunt their growth. Because they are tropical plants, pikakes benefit from longer days.

    • 2

      Plant the pikakes in rich, naturally moist soil. A good example of a suitable soil would be silt loam, which has more silt and sand than clay. Avoid planting in drier soils, such as pure sand or clay.

    • 3

      Water the pikakes regularly, but be careful not to overwater them. The plants can die If the roots become waterlogged. Use about 2 gallons of water every week for every square foot of soil.

    • 4

      Apply fertilizer about four times a year. One of these applications should be done after pruning. The fertilizer should contain 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent potassium, and 10 to 30 percent phosphorus.

    • 5

      Make sure temperatures are between 80 and 90 degrees F in the daytime and higher than 70 degrees at night for best growing results. Intermittent nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees can stunt the plants' development, and consistently cold temperatures will kill them.

    • 6

      Prune your plants during the winter to keep them at a manageable size. Remove any dead or unwanted plants that may be sucking up nutrients and water.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are growing pikakes to make leis, keep in mind that a single lei may need up to a hundred blossoms.
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