Star jasmine, or Jasminum multiflorum, is a versatile plant that may be grown as a vine or shrub because of its spreading growth pattern. The plant grows 5 to 10 feet tall and wide, with leaves that are covered in soft, downy fuzz. The white, star-shaped flowers, which grow in clusters, give the plant its name. Having a healthy star jasmine begins with proper planting.
Star jasmine is an evergreen plant, with dark green foliage that remains year-round. For outdoor growing, star jasmine is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, which makes it suitable for parts of the southern and western United States. Star jasmine may be planted on slopes even in conditions that expose the plant to heat and humidity. The plant also tolerates light drought and some rabbit damage, so it may be planted in open garden and yard areas.
Star jasmine grows best in a site that offers full sunlight, though it grows in some light shade. Optimally, the plant should receive several hours of sunlight per day. Star jasmine should receive plenty of sunlight, even in winter, as the leaves of the plant remain active year-round.
You can plant star jasmine in a variety of soil conditions, from light sand to heavy clay. Though the plant grows in sandy soils, it likes moisture as much as any plant. When grown in sandy soil, which drains very freely, you may need to water star jasmine for it to stay healthy. The soil pH should fall between 5 and 7.5 to maintain healthy star jasmine, so use a home test kit on your soil prior to planting.
Plant star jasmine in late summer or early fall for it to be able to bloom the following summer. Generally, the plant is grown from stem cuttings; these may be obtained from a nursery or close friend who is already growing the plant. When planting star jasmine, dig a shallow hole for the cutting and add 1 to 2 cups, depending on soil richness, of 10-10-10 fertilizer to the hole. Space star jasmine plants several feet apart if growing more than one – to allow for the spreading pattern.
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