Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides

How to grow star jasmine

Find out all you need to know about growing trachelospermum (star jasmine), in this practical Grow Guide.

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Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

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Plant does not flower in December

Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, is a beautifully scented, evergreen climber. Perfect for growing up a warm wall, or a fence, it’s slow growing enough to be planted in a small garden. Plant star jasmine near a seating area where you can enjoy the heady scent of its small, white starry flowers on a warm summer’s evening. Although star jasmine grows best in a sunny location, it will cope well in partial shade.

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How to grow star jasmine at home

Grow star jasmine in well-drained soil in a sheltered spot, such as against a south-facing wall. Water regularly and feed once a week during the growing season. Although star jasmine is self-clinging, you may need to tie in young shoots to trellis or other form of support, until it’s established.

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Where to grow star jasmine

Star jasmine growing up brick wall in sheltered area
Star jasmine growing up brick wall in sheltered area

For best results grow star jasmine in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, with protection from cold, drying winds. Provide some support to plants to encourage them to grow in the desired direction. Star jasmine doesn’t require deep soil to grow well, and can be grown successfully in pots.


How to plant star jasmine

Trachelospermum in flower
Star jamsine in flower

Dig a generous hole, adding plenty of grit and well-rotted compost, plus a sprinkling of mycorrhizal fungi. Back fill and firm the soil before watering well.


Propagating star jasmine

Propagating trachelospermum by layering
Propagating star jasmine by layering

Propagate star jasmine by layering in spring or take cuttings in summer and autumn.


Star jasmine: problem solving

Removing old leaves from around a potted trachelospermum
Removing old leaves from a potted trachelospermum

When grown outdoors, trachelospermum is relatively trouble-free. Plants might succumb to phytopthora root rot in very heavy soils and damp conditions. Look out for glasshouse pests such as red spider mite, whitefly, mealybug and scale insect, if growing trachelospermum in a conservatory.


Looking after star jasmine

Tying in trachelospermum stems
Tying in trachelospermum stems

Water trachelospermum regularly and feed with a liquid fertiliser every month through the growing season. In winter, plants don’t need much watering. To train your trachelospermum upwards, provide canes set at an angle to the wall or fence, or a trellis. A self-clinging climber, trachelospermum won’t need much attention once established. In spring tie in stray shoots so they twine in the right direction or cut and shape as required.


Star jasmine varieties to grow

Trachelospermum asiaticum
Trachelospermum asiaticum
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  • Trachelospermum jasminoides – the classic star jasmine is a woody, evergreen climber with rich, dark green leaves which turn bronze in winter. The scented white flowers appear from mid- to late summer
  • Trachelospermum asiaticum – the Chinese jasmine is not reliably hardy so needs winter protection, or it can be grown indoors in a conservatory. It bears the typical jasmine-scented, cream-white, flowers from mid- to late-summer, with dark evergreen leaves
  • Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Ogon Nishiki’ – this Asian variety has variegated leaves, with gold, yellow and white contrast that also have good autumn colouring. It can be used as a climber, but needs good support, or can be grown as ground cover. It’s not fully hardy, and has a milky sap that can irritate the skin
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Variegatum’ – the evergreen foliage has a pale cream variegation at the margins of the leaves