How to care for night-blooming jasmine

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Night-blooming jasmine, also known as Cestrum nocturnum or night jessamine, is a woody, evergreen shrub that is prized for its highly fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers which, as the name suggests, open only at night.

Growing up to 12 feet tall with a 4-foot spread, this delightfully fragrant shrub is an attractive and must-have plant for night-blooming or fragrance gardens.

Select a full sun planting location for your night-blooming jasmine that receives six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Choose a planting location that also offers sandy, well-drained soil or amend your soil by tilling coarse builder's sand into the top 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) of soil to improve drainage.

Plant your night-blooming jasmine in its prepared planting location. For best results, plant your night-blooming jasmine at the same level it was planted in its nursery container. Pack down the surface of the soil after planting and water generously to help settle the soil.

  • Night-blooming jasmine, also known as Cestrum nocturnum or night jessamine, is a woody, evergreen shrub that is prized for its highly fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers which, as the name suggests, open only at night.
  • Select a full sun planting location for your night-blooming jasmine that receives six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day.

Provide regular irrigation for your night-blooming jasmine to maintain consistently moist soil. Water your night-blooming jasmine in the morning or early afternoon to ensure that the foliage of your plant is not still wet at nightfall.

Fertilise your night-blooming jasmine with a slow-release granulated fertiliser that has been specially formulated for flowering plants. Apply the fertiliser once a month according to the application directions on the product label.

Prune your night-blooming jasmine, as needed, to maintain the desired size and shape. Remove discoloured, diseased or dead foliage, as needed, to keep your night-blooming jasmine looking its best. Use only sharpened and sterilised pruning shears to prevent the spread of plant diseases and minimise the pruning stress to your night-blooming jasmine plant.

  • Provide regular irrigation for your night-blooming jasmine to maintain consistently moist soil.
  • Use only sharpened and sterilised pruning shears to prevent the spread of plant diseases and minimise the pruning stress to your night-blooming jasmine plant.
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