How to Care for Night-Blooming Jasmine Plants


Night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum), sometimes referred to as jessamine, is a flowering plant that grows well with little outside assistance from gardeners as long as it is located in an optimal location with the right type of soil and light. The flowers of the plant open at night with a lovely fragrance, which is why they are called night-blooming jasmine; sometimes these blooms will open up during the day as well. When flowering in the daytime, you will find that the bloom's fragrance is only slight if it has one at all, and that the plant conserves most of its scent for nighttime.

Step 1

Plant night-blooming jasmine in a location with full sun. It does not do as well in shady areas.

Step 2

Test the soil for its pH level with a soil test kit. It prefers soil that is basically neutral. Apply a fertilizer that will even out the pH. Add an acidic fertilizer if the soil is registering as a alkaline and an alkaline fertilizer if it is registering as an acid.

Step 3

Keep the soil continually damp, not wet. Soil should also be well draining. Check often to ensure that it doesn't dry out.

Step 4

Add additional phosphorus to young plants to stimulate growth. For established jasmine, fertilize in the spring and give plant food once a month through the growing period.

Step 5

Cut back branches with pruning snips to stimulate new growth.

Step 6

Keep the plant covered with mulch in the winter to prevent the roots from freezing. It will come back the next spring as long as the roots and branches don't freeze. Cover the rest of the plant with burlap material to keep it warm.

Step 7

Root the cuttings. There is no need to throw away what your trim off. Jasmine can be rooted by dipping the cut end in rooting hormone and putting it in some damp peat moss.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Fertilizer
  • Phosphorus
  • Pruning snips
  • Mulch
  • Burlap


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