I grow my jasmine in the city of Charleston, South Carolina.
Perennials are often overlooked as a container plants 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 smells.
Materials for Growing Confederate Jasmines
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).
Step 1: Select a container
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)
Step 2: Fill With 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, topsoil, and potting mix - I mix it all together, and my plants seem to love it)
Step 3: Insert a Trellis
Insert the 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.
Step 4: Remove from Original Container
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 stem's bottom. 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 to help the process along.
Step 5: Separate the Roots
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.
Step 6: Place "V" Side Down
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.
Step 7: Weave the Vines
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, but it will also 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.
Step 8: Water Thoroughly
How Fast Will Jasmine Grow?
Below is a 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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Nancy Kennedy on September 01, 2020:
I planted a confederate jasmine last spring, and all I have are the vines with green leaves, looks great, growing but no flowers. the hydrangeas in front of it has flowers. I'm at a lost. I've fertilized the whole raised bed, everything else is flowering.
Richard on July 27, 2020:
My plants get about six hours of full sun at about 85 degrees in summer. Leaves look yellow. I water heavy once a week Help!
Mary Jane Sotelo/Chino, California on May 29, 2018:
Hi! This is the very FIRST TIME I ever read through the entire instruction step by step process. I just want to say you did and EXCELLENT job of keeping it simple and adding the pictures. It was like a cooking recipe the way you added the “”ingredients””=tools, keeping it basic and simple. Not a lot of Mumbo-Jumbo with other blogs.
I truly enjoyed reading your instructions. My FAVORITE PART!!?!......and the BEST part was the SCRATCH N’SNIFF!!
That Gave me a good chuckle!
Once again, Thank you for the way you gave your instruction.
Aarati on May 14, 2018:
Did your Jasmine plant survived through the cold winter? Do I need to take special care if I plant it in the soil?
Katie on September 22, 2017:
This is so helpful! Thanks. Exactly what I needed as I would like to start some jasmine in a pot near my garage door. Will it die in the pot over the winter? I live in Chapel Hill NC.
Beverly on July 29, 2017:
if I leave my pot outside overv winter, will it die back.
Faye on July 22, 2017:
I got white star Confederant jasime
Maddie J. on June 09, 2017:
Thank you! Excellent information.
Ruby Conrad on April 10, 2017:
Are there Jasmine seeds, I can buy to take with me, or can I root a cutting?