In books, T. asiaticum was firstly described in Western literature by German botanists Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini in 1846, following von Siebold’s visit to Japan in 1823-1829.
The pair labeled the plant Malouetia Asiatica. Japanese botanist Takenoshin Nakai later reclassified the species according to modern taxonomic systems.
Asiatic jasmine Propagation
Propagation is the natural reproduction process of a plant species from its parent plant. As jasmine is a ground cover, it doesn’t propagate from seeds.
However, there are different methods of propagation that you will learn here.
So, keep reading
From cuttings in a container
Cut 5-6 inches of stem from the tip of a vine shoot, it should be green and fresh.
Using sharp shear, cut the bottom tip of the cutting to visible its white tissue. Keep cutting till you see fresh white tissue, do not use cuttings if it has dark-brown spots, it might not thrive.
Take a small pot, fill it with a mixture of potting mix soil and damp sand for good drainage. the pot should have adequate drainage holes.
Clear the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting, and dip the end in a powder rooting hormone.
Dig a hole in the center of the pot by using a pencil or finger and embed the stem cutting.
Water it thoroughly, till water starts falling from drainage holes.
Cover the pot with a plastic bag to hold on to moisture and water it regularly to keep the soil moist.
Place the pot where it receives indirect sunlight. Once cutting grows 5-6 inches taller with some leaves, transplant it to a large container or in the garden.
Alternatively, after dipping in the rooting hormone, you can keep your cutting into a glass of water. After a month, when the roots get developed, transplant into the container with proper potting soil or directly in the garden.
Instead of small pot, you can plant the whole thing directly into the ground.
From seedlings or transplanting
You can find small jasmine plugs in many nurseries, online, or borrow from your friends or neighbors.
Dig a hole the same size as the container from which you’re transplanting.
If you live where the climate is quite hot, then I recommend it’s better if you plant in the spring or fall season.
In your garden, if you want an instant ground cover and budget is not an issue.
Then you can buy lots of plants and space them about 8-10 inches in the ground but, if budget is a factor and you’re patient, then you can buy a few plants and space them 18 inches apart. This will take more months but eventually, empty space gets filled.
In the beginning, you should water newly transplanted plants every 3-4 days, require more water to begin to get settled. After a month, water once a week for a couple of months. when they get mature it will spread without much care.
To quickly cover your whole ground, if you already have a section. You can transplant the “1 square meter area” of the section to another part of the ground.
To cut out squares of the plant use a very sharp shovel and dig up to 3 inches of the root.
Cut the square without any adjustment so that the remaining jasmine covers the removed square.
Transplant these sections to new areas where you want to grow jasmine cover.
For better results, loosen the soil of the area where you are planning to transplant and water regularly until jasmine properly established.
Asiatic jasmine plant care
Asiatic jasmine often germinates in groups of roots along the stem at leaf nodes.
When it comes in contact with something it preserves as a source of nutrition such as ground, tree trunk, fence picket, etc.
These new roots generally grow immediately or you can boost their development by burying a section of vine.
You can also cut off the bit of the roots after they develop, and then plant them wherever you want.
As I mentioned that the only problem with them is no problem. However, mowing is the only maintenance that they require as it spreads wild. Asiatic jasmine problems when they get spread in large areas unevenly.
You just need a string trimmer to cut away. Of course, you can also use pruners but it can get boring if you have a large area of this plant.
Some gardeners even use a lawnmower to control this vine. Make sure that cutting implements are sharp so that the end of the vine is properly cut.
Tip: Cutting vine encourages plants to branch more, and eventually you’ll end up with a dense cover.
2)T. Asiaticum‘Kiifu Chirimen’ from Japan, is a cultivar that is dwarf variegated Asian jasmine whose small leaves grow in copper-bronze color and mature to pewter-silvery green.
3) T. Asiaticum‘Gold Brocade’ or ‘Ojon Nishiki’ is another cultivar from Japan.
This plant also produces variegated leaves that come out in red and orange and then matures to gold and deep green. The fungus “Cercospora” is the only disease you may see with Asiatic jasmine leaf spots.
This produces individual tan or light brown spots with red-purple borders. Don’t worry, as the fungus is rarely a problem for Asiatic jasmine.
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