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How to Grow Night Blooming Jasmine

By Barbara Raskauskas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Night blooming jasmine (Cestrum Nocturnum) is a fast growing shrub that can reach up to 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide. As a tropical plant, night blooming jasmine cannot survive in areas where the temperature drops below 50 degrees F. The shrub can grow in USDA cold hardiness zones 8 through 11. Plant the shrub near a window or along a walkway so you can enjoy the fragrance of the small blooms that open in the evening.

Choose a full-sun or part-shade location, though night blooming jasmine blooms best in full-sun and prefers well-drained sandy soil with a neutral pH level. The shrub can be planted from a container in a hole twice as wide as the container. Loosen the soil at the base of hole. The shrub can also be planted from a rooted stem cutting. If planting a rooted stem cutting, dig a hole at least 1 foot wide and deep to loosen the soil.

Water at least weekly when blooming if there is no rainfall. Water every 10 to 14 days when not blooming.

Apply a general-purpose fertilizer monthly. Spider mites, a potential pest, can be washed away with water from the garden hose.

Cover night blooming jasmine with newspaper or a light-weight blanket if frost is expected.

Prune after blooming to control the height and width. If the shrub has wilted or turned brown because of cold weather, it can be pruned to the ground.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Pruners


  • Caution: Night blooming jasmine is poisonous if eaten.

About the Author


Barbara Raskauskas's favorite pursuits are home improvement, landscape design, organic gardening and blogging. Her Internet writing appears on SASS Magazine, AT&T and various other websites. Raskauskas is active in the small business she and her husband have owned since 2000 and is a former MS Office instructor.