Plant Care Gelsemium Sempervirens

Gelsemium Sempervirens

About Gelsemium Sempervirens

Carolina jasmine is the state flower of South Carolina. It's hardy to USDA Zones 7-10 and is best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun and acid to slightly alkaline pH. It will grow as a twining vine or, if unsupported, as a bushy ground cover. It can become weedy in disturbed areas and along roadsides.


Gelsemium sempervirens

Also known as

Carolina Jessamine, Carolina Jessamine, Yellow jessamine, Jasmine, Carolina jasmine, Jessamine, Evening trumpetflower, Gelsemium and Woodbine

How to care for Gelsemium Sempervirens

💦 Water

How often to water your Gelsemium Sempervirens

Water needs for Gelsemium Sempervirens
0.5 cups
every 9

Gelsemium Sempervirens needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Gelsemium Sempervirens

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Carolina Jessamine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Gelsemium Sempervirens: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Gelsemium Sempervirens love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Gelsemium Sempervirens does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Gelsemium Sempervirens in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Gelsemium Sempervirens

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Gelsemium Sempervirens: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Gelsemium Sempervirens after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Gelsemium Sempervirens is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Carolina Jessamine →

Common Carolina Jessamine Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Gelsemium Sempervirens prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Carolina Jessamine Water Frequency →

Carolina Jessamine Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Gelsemium Sempervirens requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Carolina Jessamine Light Requirements →

Carolina Jessamine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Gelsemium Sempervirens is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Gelsemium Sempervirens is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

🪴 Soil

Gelsemium Sempervirens does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Carolina Jessamine →

When and How to Successfully Repot Carolina Jessamine →

💩 Fertilizer

Gelsemium Sempervirens should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Gelsemium Sempervirens grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Carolina Jessamine →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Gelsemium Sempervirens can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Carolina Jessamine Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Gelsemium Sempervirens

Gelsemium Sempervirens

Gelsemium Sempervirens

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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