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How to Grow Asiatic Jasmine

Asiatic jasmine is a tough, drought-resistant ground cover that is a good replacement for grass or turf in shady areas or areas that are difficult to landscape. It is also quite tolerant to cold, and remains green well after a frost. Asiatic jasmine is not difficult to grow, and once it takes root will spread, creating a thick carpet of ground cover. A bit of knowledge on how to get started on growing Asiatic jasmine will give you a low-maintenance, thick ground cover in as little as two years.

Things You'll Need

  • Asiatic jasmine clippings
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Lawn mower
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      Plant cuttings from the Asiatic jasmine 12 inches apart in the spring in an area with part or full shade. It will grow in areas of deepest shade where grasses cannot as well. The plant is tolerant to soils of different characteristics such as alkaline and acidic, clay, and sand and loam.

    • 2

      Water the plant minimally, only keeping it moist until it takes root. After that point, rely on normal rainfall to sustain the plant. In extreme droughts, the Asiatic jasmine only requires water once a month to survive.

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      Fertilize three to four times in the first year to promote vigorous growth. The type of fertilizer does not much matter. After the first year only fertilize once a season in the spring when the plants bud.

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      Prune Asiatic jasmine to keep it under control. Clip vines that are climbing or sprawling over walks. In late winter, mow the ground cover once on the mower's highest setting. This promotes air circulation and encourages new growth for the spring.