How to Plant Jasmine Minima

Overview

Jasmine minima, (Trachelospermum asiaticum), is a woody, low-growing plant with small, glossy green foliage that will eventually spread, choking out weeds and covering the ground with a dense, green mat. Jasmine minima is a sturdy, pest-resistant, disease-resistant plant that will do well in sunlight or partial shade. Jasmine minima, also known as "Asiatic jasmine," will grow to be 6 inches tall, and can easily controlled by a once-yearly mowing or trimming.

Step 1

Purchase jasmine minima at a greenhouse or nursery. Choose healthy plants with shiny, dark green foliage. Avoid plants with yellowing or brown leaves, or plants that look wilted or unhealthy.

Step 2

Choose a spot in sunlight or partial shade. Although jasmine minima will grow in full shade, it will benefit from two to four hours of daily sunlight.

Step 3

Work the soil before planting the jasmine minima. Remove weeds and rocks, then use a shovel or tiller to cultivate the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost or peat moss to the top of the soil, then work it thoroughly into the soil. If the soil drains poorly, or if you notice that rain water tends to puddle for more than four hours, increase the amount of compost or peat moss to 5 to 6 inches.

Step 4

Dig a hole no deeper than the height of the jasmine minima's root ball, and two to three times as wide. Place the plant in the hole and fill the hole with reserved soil. Plant the jasmine minima in the hole at the same soil depth in which it was planted in the container.

Step 5

Water the plant deeply, and keep the ground moist for the first year. Jasmine minima is drought tolerant and, after the first year, will only need to be watered during periods of hot, dry weather.

Step 6

Feed jasmine minima monthly during the growing season, using a water-soluble fertilizer. Begin fertilizing in spring, and don't fertilize after August.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or tiller
  • Compost or peat moss
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • Landscaper's Choice: Jasmine Minima (Asiatic Jasmine)
  • University of Florida: Florida-Friendly Plants for Polk County Landscapes
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About this Author

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.