Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum Nocturnum)
The night blooming jasmine shrub is a plant that has it all: it is easy to care for and maintain, it produces small but fragrant flowers during the summer and it can also be grown both in the garden and in a pot.
It is so ornamental, that it is difficult to resist the temptation to acquire one … or several. But why? For everything you’re going to discover right here.
Characteristics of the night blooming jasmine
Our protagonist is an evergreen shrub (although it may behave as a deciduous in temperate climates) native to the tropical regions of America whose scientific name is Cestrum nocturnum . It reaches a height of between 1 and 4 meters , with long and semi-hanging branches up to 70cm long. Its leaves are simple and alternate, have an oval shape and are green.
Its tubular flowers are white or greenish yellow . They appear in large groups during late spring and summer. Once they are pollinated, the fruit begins to ripen, which is a white berry.
How do you take care of yourself?
Do you like the plant? Here’s how to take care of yourself:
- Location : outside, in full sun or in semi-shade.
- Soil or substrate : it is not demanding, but it is important that it has very good drainage to avoid rotting the roots.
- Irrigation : frequent in summer, something scarcer during the rest of the year. In general, it will be watered every 2 days during the months of more heat, and every 3-4 days the rest. If you have a dish under it, you have to remove the remaining water 15 minutes after watering.
- Subscriber : in spring and summer it is necessary to pay for it, either with organic liquid fertilizers (highly recommended guano) or minerals (universal fertilizer for plants).
- Planting or transplanting time : in spring. If you have it in a pot you will need a larger one every 2 years.
- Pruning : the branches can be trimmed after the first flowering of the year.
- Rust : resistant up to -2ºC.
With these tips, your night blooming jasmine will grow without problems.
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.