How to grow Star Jasmine vine

Confederate jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, can be used for groundcover or can be trained to climb a trellis. Jasmine grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) zone 7b through 10, where its heavily-scented, star-shaped white blooms display on vines about 20 feet long. Confederate jasmine's star-shaped blooms give it is alternate name, star jasmine. Jasmine can be planted any time of the year in USDA zones 7 through 10. You will need a shovel and mulch; organic matter is optional.

Choose the Location

Choose a partial shade to full sun location to plant jasmine. The soil should be well-drained. The vine can be trained to grow up a wall-mounted or free-standing trellis or across a fence. Jasmine can be allowed to trail along the ground.

Prepare the Hole

Dig the hole twice as wide and deep as the potted plant to loosen the soil for better root penetration. If planting a rooted cutting, dig the hole 12 inches deep and across.

Mixing about 25 percent organic matter, like compost or leaf mold, with the removed soil is optional. The organic matter will add nutrients and can improve the condition of clay soil.

Plant the Vine

Remove the potted plant from the container. Hold the plant or rooted cutting over the center of the hole. The top of the root ball or the crown of the cutting (where the root meets the vine) should be at ground level. Backfill the hole half way up the root ball or root and then water to the settle the soil. Finish backfilling the hole and water again.


Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch, like wood chips or leaf mold, around the vine, covering the disturbed soil. Keep the mulch about 1 inch from the vine to prevent stem rot from excessive moisture. Water daily for the first week, then cut back to three times a week through the first month. After that, water every seven to 10 days through the growing season if there is no rainfall.
Prune to control the direction of the vine. The vine should be kept off roofs and trees. Prune after the flowers blooms.