The night blooming jasmine, also known as cestrum nocturnum, is a shrub-like, flowering plant from the nightshade family. The plant can reach heights from eight to 10 feet tall, sprawling out as it grows with large, dark green leaves and small whitish flowers. The flowers emit a sweet, strong scent. Native to tropical areas in North and South America, the night blooming jasmine is best grown indoors in colder climates, as the plant is extremely sensitive to cooler temperatures. Potting night blooming jasmine is easy, as long as you have the right soil composition, pot size and indoor environmental conditions.
Repot the night blooming jasmine after purchasing it from a nursery. If the new plant is in a 4- to 6-inch pot, upgrade it to an 8- to 10-inch pot with good drainage holes in the bottom.
Fill the new pot halfway with a light, sandy potting soil mixed with a loam-based compost and bark chippings. The night blooming jasmine enjoys a soil pH of 6.5. You can line the bottom of the pot with gravel or the bark chips for extra drainage if desired.
Remove the night blooming jasmine from the original pot. Gently shake off any soil or other potting medium clumped around the roots. Place the roots into the new, half-filled planter pot. Fill in more potting mix to cover 2 to 3 inches above the roots.
Water the soil thoroughly until the water begins to drain out of the bottom drainage holes. You should water the plant in this fashion about once a week or less often, but make sure that you allow the soil to dry almost completely between waterings.
Place the night blooming jasmine next to a window or sliding glass door that receives full sunlight for at least six hours every day, preferably one with southern exposure. Night blooming jasmine require a lot of sun, so set up 40-watt grow lights angled at the plant if you cannot provide the required sunlight.
Feed your night blooming jasmine a phostrogen fertilizer once per week when new growth begins in the spring. Follow the directions on the fertilizer package for proper dosage.
Things You Will Need
- 8- to 10-inch pot
- Sandy potting soil
- Loam-based compost
- Bark chippings
- Gravel (optional)
- 40-watt grow lights (optional)
- Phostrogen fertilizer
- Be sure to keep the air temperature around your night blooming jasmine above 65 degrees F for best growth and flowering. Never expose the plant to temperatures below 25 degrees F. Also, make sure the area is well-ventilated with good air circulation.
- Trim back the plant's leaves after the flowers fall off to keep its growth under control and to encourage flowering. The night blooming jasmine grows very quickly, so you'll also need to repot the plant into a larger container once each year, preferably while it's dormant in the winter.
- Don't over-water your night blooming jasmine, especially during its dormant season in the winter. In winter, water the plant only when the soil is nearly dust dry.