How to Plant Asiatic Jasmine


Asiatic jasmine is often planted in warm climates as a ground cover in shaded areas. This vinelike plant grows low and rapidly and soon creates a thick carpet wherever it grows. Since it does not produce flowers, Asiatic jasmine is propagated by root cuttings, which are relatively easy to plant and establish in a home landscape. And once it has established itself, it is more drought and cold tolerant than most grasses. It does not need supplemental watering except in cases of severe drought, and it can survive the occasional hard freeze.

Step 1

Use a hand tiller or rototiller to till the jasmine's planting bed to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Remove any rocks, roots or other debris that you encounter and break up any large clumps of soil.

Step 2

Spread a 2-inch layer of aged compost over the planting area. Till the planting area again, to a depth of 8 inches.

Step 3

Dig holes for each of your Asiatic jasmine plants that are just as deep and roughly twice the diameter of the containers they are growing in. Space neighboring holes at least two feet apart.

Step 4

Water the planting area with 2 to 3 inches of water so that it is moist below the roots of the jasmine plants. Continue to keep the soil moist until the Asiatic jasmine establishes itself and produces new growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • If not carefully monitored, Asiatic jasmine can become an aggressive spreader.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand tiller or rototiller
  • Aged compost
  • Trowel


  • University of Florida: The Jasmine Project
  • Texas A&M University: Groundcovers
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