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Jasmin: what size of pots ?

kah22kah22 Posts: 12

I’m thinking of planting two evergreen Jasmin plants against a south facing wall. The wall is roughly 3.5 meters long. I doubt if I could squeeze a third one in but I’d like to !

The two I’m looking at are

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Pink Showers' pink Chinese jasmine. 

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Jasminum polyanthum Chinese scented jasmine. 

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They’ll be growing in pots and I’m wondering how deep the pots should be? It has been suggested 90cm high but that seems terribly big. 

How big would members suggest the pot should be ?



  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    90cm deep is not too big for climbers, especially if they are already sizable to begin with. You need to know the size of the plants you will be buying as in some instances, you will need to start with with 50cm deep and then when they mature, transfer onto a larger container. 

    Jasminum Polyanthum are not large plants, so they will probably do fine in an eventual size of 50cm deep and wide container. Be aware that this particular Jasmine is quite tender and any frost, especially when young may knock them back. 

    If you are considering 3 climbers, you will need to prune and control them when they grow large. Personally, I think 2 is more than enough.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    Is there no possibility of planting them in the ground?  They'd be happier and need less watering.  And trying to repot a climber that's firmly enmeshed in its support and has a woody trunk can be quite a struggle.
  • hartk10hartk10 Posts: 18
    I think I agree with Borderline about 2 rather than 3 and thanks for the advice on hardiness.

    Josusa47. No it wouldn’t be practical at all putting them in the ground and I do take your point about repotting them that’s part of the reason I was asking about the height of pots

  • kah22kah22 Posts: 12
    edited May 2020
    I visited two garden Centers today in the search for Jasmine plants to help cover a wall. To be honest I was disappointed

    The first centre I visited had a very good selection but, give or take a few cm they were all 80 cm from the bottom of the pot to the top of the plant.  I was expecting  the plant to be bigger and I couldn’t see them making an impression on a bare wall within two or three years. I did buy two to scramble up my climbing roses. 

    Am I wrong in assuming jasmine is slow growing? 

    I’m beginning to think passionflower and clematis. But I’d appreciate your views.

    The second center? Well the least said the better !


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