How to Care for a Blooming Night Jasmine Plant


The small yellow-white flowers of night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) give us one of the most heavenly fragrances around. Night-blooming jasmine is an evergreen shrub that can reach 6 to 8 feet in height and typically blooms during summer, sending its lovely scent wafting far from the plant after the sun goes down. If you have a partly sunny location in your yard, especially under a large tree that can help protect this plant from winter frosts, the night-blooming jasmine is attractive and easy to grow.

Step 1

Select a location for your young night-blooming jasmine plant. Full sun is acceptable, but the tender foliage could get sunburned during hot weather, especially if the soil dries out. Partial or filtered sun is best.

Step 2

Dig one or two shovelfuls of compost and one shovelful of sand into the spot where you plan to plant your jasmine. Then dig a hole at least twice the size of your jasmine's nursery pot and set your plant into the hole so its root system is completely covered. Backfill the hole with the soil/compost mixture you dug out.

Step 3

Water your newly planted jasmine thoroughly and keep the soil moist. If you spread a layer of wood chips or other mulch on the soil surface around your plant it will help to keep the soil cool and moist.

Step 4

Fertilize your jasmine in the spring with a balanced plant food and then give it more fertilizer every month during its summer growing season.

Step 5

Encourage compact growth by pruning your jasmine after its blooming season is over in the fall. You can cut it back by one-third to half of its size because it will put out lots of new growth on which new blooms will form the following spring.

Step 6

Spray insect pests with a mixture of dish soap, garlic powder and cayenne pepper mixed with water if needed. Put two teaspoons of Ivory liquid into a gallon jar and then cover it with cheesecloth. On top of the cheesecloth, sprinkle one teaspoon each of garlic powder and cayenne pepper and then run water through to fill the jar. Fill your sprayer with the mixture and blast those bugs away.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to experience the scent of the night-blooming jasmine before you plant one because some people consider the aroma to be overpowering.

Things You'll Need

  • Jasmine plant
  • Compost
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Balanced fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Backyard gardener
  • Floridata
  • Natural insect spray
Keywords: fragrant flowers, night blooming, jasmine growing

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, and She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.