How to Grow Jasmine Indoors
Indoor jasmine has its origins in Asia and China, and are actually tropical vines originally grown for their attractive fragrance. Jasmine is still grown indoors for its strong fragrance, and can be easily grown indoors during the winter months. Most jasmine plants are of the climbing variety, but there are other plants which are also known for their fragrance, which are also commonly known as 'jasmines'.
Step 1: Planting Your Jasmine
To plant indoors, pot the Jasmine plant into a small or medium planter, and full with a combination of soil and fertilizer, or for better effect, a pot containing moss, bark and vermiculite; these will help to keep moisture in the soil. In order to encourage the jasmine to climb, put in a piace of lattice or trellis, and attach the jasmine to this.
Step 2: Keeping the Jasmine
The indoor jasmine should be placed in the sunlight for at least four to five hours s day, and during the summer season, the jasmine should be placed into a southern window from dawn until dusk. During the summer, indoor jasmine plants should be kept at around seventy to eighty degrees farenheit. Indoor jasmines can sometimes become unhappy if they are moved from a suddenly shady spot into one which is sunny; leaves may become yellow and even drop, so it may be a good idea to move the jasmine slowly from shade to sunshine.
Step 3: Watering the Jasmine
An indoor jasmine can grow very well on the sill of south or east facing window, so long as they are given plenty of water. Water indoor jasmines as often as the soil dries out, and make sure that the jasmine does not suffer drought conditions, as this can easily kill a tropical plant such as the jasmine. Test the soil at least once a day, and if it does not feel moist, add water; bearing this in mind, it is important not to overwater the jasmine.
Step 4: Fertilizing the Jasmine
Indoor jasmines should also have fertilizer, using a combination of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Fertilizers with a greater phosphorous content should be used on plants when they are being encouraged to flower. Fertilizer should only be used when the plant is healthy; at other times, feed once or twice a month. Ensure that the fertilizer does not contain too much nitrogen.
Step 5: Repotting the Jasmine
Indoor jasmines should be re-potted when the soil dries out quickly after watering. Pots should be larger by around 2 to 3 inches larger than the older one. When re-potting, if the jasmine has developed a tight root ball, the roots should be cut down along the sides, in order to encourage new roots to grow. After re-potting, it is not normally necessary to fertilize for around a year. Indoor jasmines can also be planted outside during the summer; they prefer spots with occasional shade, and a mild amount of sun. Jasmines which have been left outside in the summer should be brought back in once the fall begins, and provided with warmth and water to encourage it to continue growing even while indoors.