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.