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How to Plant Asiatic Jasmine

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017
Unlike true jasmine, Asiatic jasmine produces no flowers.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Hand tiller or rototiller
  • Aged compost
  • Trowel

Tips

  • Asiatic jasmine will grow on almost any soil with pH levels below 8.0.
  • One pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of ground cover, given at even intervals, three to four times during the plant's first year of growth, will help it become established. After that it only needs to be fertilized once annually.
  • Asiatic jasmine can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 7b through 10

Warning

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

About the Author

 

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.