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How to Propagate Asiatic Jasmine

Asiatic jasmine is a fast-growing ground cover that produces small, white fragrant flowers. It grows quickly and can become invasive if not trimmed back. Asiatic jasmine can be propagated from plugs or from cuttings. If you have an established area, using plugs will result in faster growth and establishment of new areas. However, if your initial growth is smaller and won't support the taking of plugs, it can be easily propagated from cuttings.

From Plugs

Take a 12-by-12 inch plug from an existing established Asiatic jasmine planting. Take the plug from inside the established planting. The jasmine should grow in to fill the hole.

Use a sharp shovel to dig out 3 to 5 inches of the roots in the plug.

Plant the plug in the area where you would like to establish new jasmine.

Fill the hole in the original established planting with sand to encourage new growth. Both sections should fill in fairly quickly.

From Cuttings

Take cuttings from the established jasmine. Take the cuttings as close to the ground as possible.

Dip the cut ends in rooting hormone. Rooting hormone will encourage faster root growth.

Place the cuttings with rooting hormone in water. After several weeks, the roots should have grown to around an inch long.

Transplant jasmine to small pots after rooting. Use a sterile potting soil at first and make sure the soil is moist, but not too wet. Peat pots (2- or 3-inch diameter) are ideal because you can later plant them directly in the ground.

After a few weeks, the root structures should be strong enough to transplant into your garden.

Grow Asiatic Jasmine

Plant Asiatic jasmine in a sunny or partly shady bed with fertile, fast-draining soil. Plant in mid-spring after the last frost. Remove any stones from the soil. Spread a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch around the Asiatic jasmine plants to keep the soil moist and cool during their first summer in the garden. Always let the soil dry slightly to prevent overwatering. Decrease watering once the Asiatic jasmine plant is established. Run water at the base of the plant until the soil feels very moist in the top 2 inches. Feed Asiatic jasmine monthly from spring until late summer. Cut just above a pair of leaves to encourage a bushier shape. Discard the pruned material into a green waste bin.

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