How to Care Jasmine in Winter

As the jasmine plants are from tropical regions, they need warm sun to grow properly and do not tolerate very low winter temperatures. However, if you are growing winter jasmine, it may be blooming or become dormant in winter and will bloom again from spring to autumn.

Jasmine flower
Jasmine flower
Jasmines (Jasminum) are widely cultivated for their sweet and enchanting fragrance. There are about 200 varieties of jasmine which grow well in tropical and warm temperate regions.

They can be grown in hardiness zones 6 to 11. But when winter comes, then the jasmine plants, except the winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) become to suffer and even die.

How to look after Jasmine during winter months?

Some the common varieties of jasmine or jasmine plant types that are generally grown in home are given below with their USDA hardiness zones. (how to grow jasmine from cutting  | how to grow night blooming jasmine)


USDA hardiness ZoneJasmine Variety that can be grownPicture
10-11Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac)
how to grow Arabian jasmine plant
Arabian jasmine, Jasminum sambac flower
9-10Spanish jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
how to grow Spanish jasmine plant

Spanish jasmine -Jasminum grandiflorum flower
9-10Common jasmine (Jasminum officinale)Common jasmine -Jasminum officinale flower
9-10Pink Jasmine, White jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)Pink Jasmine, White jasmine - Jasminum polyanthum flower
8-10Japanese Jasmine, Primrose jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi)Japanese Jasmine, Primrose jasmine-Jasminum mesnyi flower
7-10Yellow Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)Yellow Jasmine - Gelsemium sempervirens flower
6-9Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)Winter jasmine - Jasminum nudiflorum flower

Except than winter jasmine type, even if you are growing a jasmine variety, suitable or not suitable to your growing hardiness zone, you need to take special care during winter to prevent the plant from suffering or even dying.
You can take care of your jasmine plant in the following manner in winter.
  1. Apply a thick layer of organic mulch like sugarcane mulch or straw or wood chips to the the jasmine plant in winter.
  2. Remove all the dried and weak branches and dead wood. 
  3. Reduce watering.
  4. Prune your jasmine plant in winter so the sunlight can reach to all the parts of the plant.
  5. If the plant is dying, cut down the stems to 8 inch above the ground.
  6. If grown in the garden, you can protect the jasmine plan by enclosing it in an enclosure made out of a plastic sheet.
  7. Put Christmas lights around the stems and light them during night to provide some heat to the plant.

Indoor Jasmine Plant Care

  1. Move your jasmine plant indoors if it is planted in a pot. Indoors, you must select a place which is humid and also receives natural light, like kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Use fluorescent lighting to substitute natural light. I move my jasmine plant in a verandah or to the garage.
  2. During winter, you may be using heaters all the day. This will make the air dry, which may cause the plant to shed its leaves and it can even die. Use a mist sprayer near the plant or a vaporizer to keep the air moist. Also put the plant on a tray of pebbles and water.

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