Step-by-Step Instructions for Growing Confederate Jasmine in a Container
Perennials are often overlooked as a container plant because they return each year. Don’t be misled by this notion, as there are so many wonderful perennials that thrive in containers in many conditions, all you have to do is provide them with a little extra love and care.
One perennial that loves to reside in a container is the Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides). Once established, Confederate Jasmine will provide you with lavish tiny white flowers that create great privacy fences, while delivering an abundance of sweet smell.
Materials - Let's Get Started
Gather your gardening supplies. Gather your supplies and have them all in your work area. The last thing you want is to have to go searching for things once you get dirty!
- Jasmine plant
- Potting soil
- Gardening gloves
- Nail and hammer to make drainage holes if using a plastic container
- Gardening clippers (you just might need them; I take mine everywhere, just in case)
- A second set of hands: husband, wife, child, or neighbor (I had to use the side of the house, which worked well, too).
How to Plant Jasmine
1. Select a container that is twice the size of the container your Confederate Jasmine is already in. Jasmine is a fast grower, so it will need the additional space. Make sure there are several drainage holes in the bottom. If not, take a nail and tap a few in the bottom with a hammer. (I prefer to use plastic containers because they tend to hold moisture better than terra-cotta and they are not as heavy - there are pretty plastic pots to be found these days)
2. Fill 1/4 to 1/2 of the pot with a good potting mix. If using a store purchased mixture make sure it is a potting mix and not topsoil. You want a nutrient rich mixture. If creating your own you can use any soil and add compost, sand, and osmocote. (I prefer to use a mixture of regular soil, top soil, and potting mix - I mix it all together and my plants seem to love it)
3. Insert a trellis near the side of the container until it reaches the bottom. Pack the soil all the way around it until it stands upright and is secured. If using a large trellis, enlist someone to hold it in place while packing the dirt around it or lean it against the side of the house because it will fall over. Other options other than a trellis are poles, tomato cages, or lattice, basically anything it can wind around.
4. Remove the Confederate Jasmine from its original container. Place it on its side and carefully roll it back and forth while tapping on the container. You want to get it as loose as you can while keeping the roots and dirt intact. Check periodically to see how loose it is by gently “tugging” at the bottom of the stem. It should come out fairly easy. You may need to take a small gardening spade and tuck it in along the sides of the container if it is root bound in order to help the process along.
5. Separate the roots in a “V” shape by holding the root ball in your hands and placing your thumbs in the center. Gently pull your thumbs outward until the roots separate just a little. (ONLY do this if the roots are very tightly grown together). You DO NOT want to completely separate the root ball, just enough for the roots on the bottom to take to the new soil.
6) Place the “V” side down into the pot and add some additional soil all around the plant. Gently press down around the sides after each addition of soil (do not make it too compact) just enough to secure the roots.
(HINT: If you have a larger plant ~ let it rest against the trellis so you can work around it). Fill the pot with enough soil to cover the root ball and do not forget to add some soil to the center (there are roots there too)
7. Start "weaving" the vines. Once you have the soil situated, start “weaving” the vines along the trellis. Start with the vines closest to the trellis and always work from the bottom to the top. This will not only give a more pleasant look to the finished project, it will help secure the trellis as well. Continue this process until all of the vines are attached to the trellis. This will help the Confederate Jasmine to become comfortable in its new surroundings and train it to continue to “weave” on its own.
If you are working alone and with a larger plant, it may be easier to lean it against something. I used the side of the house for support as I worked on the bottom portion of the plant and until I had the trellis fairly snug and upright.
8. Water thoroughly.
How Fast Will Jasmine Grow?
Below is picture of what your Confederate Jasmine could potentially look like one year from now. However, yours will be in a pot and on a trellis, not a fence. The effect will be the same, just a smaller version.
I live in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, so as with any city, yards are limited. I planted this Jasmine last spring and this is what it provided me this year. I wish I could offer you a “scratch-and-sniff” picture—the smell is wonderful!
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