Night blooming jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum, inspires extreme and varied emotions. The "queen of the night" exudes a powerful, sweet fragrance after the sun sets that win it many fans. It also figures on the list of global invasive species for its tendency to escape its pot -- often via its bird-dispersed seeds -- and form impenetrable thickets that displace native plants. Native to the Caribbean area, this jasmine requires a warm climate.
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Cestrum Nocturnum doesn't look dramatic. It presents as an evergreen shrub or tree, sometimes attaining 12 feet but more often small and bushy. This jasmine has simple leaves and pale green tubular flowers. However, the characteristic of blooming only at night, combined with the strength of its intoxicating aroma, distinguish it from ordinary garden flowers. The stems and the flowers of the night blooming jasmine are poisonous, and animals can die from consuming it.
Night blooming jasmine propagates from seeds, cuttings and vegetatively. The fruit of its fragrant flowers are small white berries containing seeds. Birds eat the berries and disperse them in the wild. Cuttings from this jasmine sprout readily, and buds also form on the plant's creeping roots. It is likely that the plant disperses in water as well. The plant's many propagation options facilitates its "escape" from garden beds to invade forest lands and disturbed roadside areas.
Most night blooming jasmine offered in nurseries is container grown. This means that the seed or cutting sprouted in the container, and that the plant retains all of its roots. You can plant container-grown evergreens like Cestrum nocturnum at any time of the year, as long as you avoid freezing winter temperatures or sweltering summer afternoons. Late summer planting takes advantage of fall rains. As night blooming jasmine thrives in zones 10A to 11, it will not do well in most backyards in America. Container planting may be the best option.
Night blooming jasmine is a member of the Oleceae family, genus Jasminum. It grows best in moist soil, well-drained and sandy. This jasmine need full sun -- a minimum of four hours a day -- and a warm, protected location. Although night blooming jasmine is not picky about soil, you can apply a mild fertiliser during spring to increase flowering. Water your young jasmine Immediately after planting, and continue watering through dry summers. Jasmine require less water in winter.
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