Star Jasmine Growth

jbw1984September 6, 2013


I have a potted star jasmine plant on my balcony that I purchased in May. It was about a foot-and-a-half tall when I bought it, with flowers. I repotted it, it eventually dropped the flowers in late June and now seems to be very QUICKLY releasing new growth.

The problem I see is that the new growth is very sparse in leaves. Whereas the plant I bought has nodes and leaves about every inch or so or even denser, the new growth sometimes leaves 2-3" between nodes.

I am trying to wrap the new growth around a trellis, but I am wondering if I need to be doing something else to get more leaves. The idea is to cover up the hideous wall on my balcony.

Any ideas/suggestions?

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How much sun does it get? It covers a 2 story brick wall here completely. Blue Jays build nests in it. It took several years to cover. I installed vertical wires standing off the wall about an inch to help it climb. When it is in bloom we open the patio door to let it perfume the house. Al

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:13AM
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It gets a ton of sun! It is a south-facing balcony and gets probably about 7-8 hours of direct sunlight, and then it's very bright after that too (just not direct).

Some of the new shoots have grown 8-10 inches in the last month.

I do wish it would bloom longer through the summer, but I'm not asking for advice about that :-)

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 12:16PM
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I have grown dozens of Star Jasmine over the years, most as a ground cover, I have no idea how well it works as a container plant. You may get some answers if posted on the container growing forum. Al

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 2:06PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

The main stem after it grows a while gets side stems. These side stems are what bloom, and they are also what make the plant fuller of foliage. The first stems are just the start.

Patience! This plant can take 3 years to really get going, even given good care and a location it likes.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 3:17PM
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Thank you everyone for your posts. I reposted this in the Container Gardening forum, because that does seem like a more appropriate place. But I read this forum too and I welcome more replies.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:17PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

It will get leaves. Mine too are sending out long tendrils with no leaves right now, but they leaf out later.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:58PM
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What Renee said, the long tendrils are coming now so don't be worried about leaves. They will come. Star jasmine is unstoppable IMHO. I have it in a pot and edging our entire corner lot.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 11:33AM
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