Night blooming jasmine, a plant indigenous to the West Indies and areas in South America, belongs to the Solanaceae (nightshade) family of plants. Night blooming jasmine, also referred to as night jessamine, is hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8 through 11. It grows to heights of up to 10 feet and has a narrow growing habit of 4 to 5 feet wide. The small, 1- to 2-inch flowers of the night blooming jasmine are generally light-yellow in color and richly fragrant.
Planting Night Blooming Jasmine Seeds
Place the night blooming jasmine seeds in a bowl of water. Soak them overnight, or for approximately 12 hours. Moisten 1 to 1 ½ cups of sand, peat moss or sphagnum moss thoroughly. Place the moistened growing medium into a container with a removable lid.
Push the soaked jasmine seeds into the surface of the soil in the lidded container. Cover the seeds with a scattering of soil, approximately 1 1/6 of an inch. Place the container in the back of your refrigerator, or somewhere the temperature will remain approximately 30 to 40 degrees F. Keep the container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 months. Check on the seeds weekly. Sprinkle the contents with water when needed. Use a fine mist of water, just enough to keep the contents damp, but not overly moist. Remove the container of seeds after the allotted time period.
Plant the seeds. Use peat pots or 4-inch pots filled with sterilized potting mix. Tap down the surface of the soil in each pot. Water the soil in the pots until it is well-moistened. Set the seeds on the surface of the soil. Press them down firmly and mist the seeds using a plant sprayer.
Place the pots in a shallow irrigation tray. Put the tray inside a plastic bag, but leave the bag open to allow for ventilation. Store the tray in a warm location out of direct sunlight. The ideal temperature for germinating night blooming jasmine seeds is approximately 60 to 70 degrees F. Mist with water to keep the soil moistened. Once the seeds begin germinating, in approximately two to three weeks, remove the pots from the plastic bag.
Place the pots approximately 4 to 6 inches away from a florescent light for 10 to 12 hours a day, or in an area where they will receive maximum light exposure. A minimum of 10 to 12 hours daily is ideal. When seedlings are approximately 3 to 4 inches tall, and there is no more frost predicted in your growing region, plant the seedlings outside.