How to Divide Asiatic Jasmine


Asiatic jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), is a perennial groundcover that will spread its wiry stems and dark, shiny leaves over the ground, forming a dense mat of green within two years. Although it isn't common, Asiatic jasmine, also known as dwarf jasmine or Confederate jasmine, can sometimes reward you with tiny, sweet-smelling yellow blooms. If you want to plant Asiatic jasmine in a new spot in your garden, or if you just need to fill in a few bare spots, division is the simplest way to go. Divide Asiatic jasmine in early spring or autumn so the plants can settle in before the hot days of summer.

Step 1

Choose a sunny spot for the Asiatic jasmine. Although Asiatic jasmine will grow in partial shade, growth will be much faster in full sunlight.

Step 2

Prepare the soil for the Asiatic jasmine, as it will be important to plant the divided plants as soon as possible. Use a hoe or shovel to cultivate the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. Apply 2 to 3 inches of decomposed manure or compost, and work it in to the top of the soil.

Step 3

Use a sharp shovel or spade to separate a chunk of the Asiatic jasmine, then peel the chunk carefully from the soil. Using the tip of the shovel or spade, cut the chunk into smaller sections as needed.

Step 4

Dig a shallow hole with a trowel, just deep enough to accommodate the root system of the Asiatic jasmine. Place the plant in the hole. Finish filling the hole with reserved soil. Press the Asiatic jasmine firmly so the roots make contact with the soil.

Step 5

Water the Asiatic jasmine immediately after planting, and continue to keep the soil moist until the plant has rooted. Once the plant is established it will need water only during hot, dry weather.

Step 6

Scatter a light application of all-purpose granular fertilizer over the Asiatic jasmine. For specific amounts, read the package label carefully. Immediately after fertilizing, water the fertilizer into the soil, being sure that all the granules are removed from the foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe or shovel
  • Decomposed manure or compost
  • Sharp shovel or spade
  • Trowel
  • All-purpose granular fertilizer


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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.