Night Queen – Outdoor Plant | 40-60cm
Cestrum nocturnum, the lady of the night, night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming jessamine, night-scented jessamine, night-scented cestrum or poisonberry, is a species of plant in the potato family Solanaceae. It is native to the West Indies, but naturalized in South Asia.
The Cestrum nocturnum is easy-to-grow and care in warm climates that blooms multiple times begining the summer months. This plant is vigorous and fast-growing. It can be easily grown in a pot or container like Arabian jasmine plant. The plant may need some care in cold environments.
Growing Night Blooming Jasmine in Pot or Ground
The night blooming jasmine grows best in garden bed, or it can also be grown in pots or containers. Choose a pot of size about 75 litre (20 gallon) with a number of holes to provide drainage. It is better to start with a smaller pot and transplant it in the next bigger size as the roots grow.
Position : Where to Plant Night Blooming Jasmine
- Night blooming jasmine blooms only when weather is warm.
- The night blooming jasmine grows well in full sun light or partial shade.
- If you are in frost areas, consider planting night queen under a tree.
- If frost is expected, move the queen of night plant indoors or under shelter.
- The plant will die if exposed to frost but will grow again in the spring.
Soil For Night Blooming Jasmine Vine
The night blooming jasmine thrives best in well draining rich soil with a neutral pH 6.6 to 7.5. However, I have grown this plant in a general purpose potting mix without caring for its pH. Add some river sand and compost or cow manure in the soil to make it sandy and nutrient rich.
Planting, Propagation Methods
The night-blooming jasmine vine can be grown from seeds, stem cuttings and air layering.
If you are planting more than one plant of night-blooming jasmine shrub, keep them about 3 feet apart.
Watering Night Blooming Jasmine Vine
Night-blooming jasmine needs moist soil at all times. Water regularly. Let the soil dry between watering. Over-watering can cause root rot.
To water the night-blooming jasmine indoors, water until it drains from the base of the pot, and then wait until the soil looks dry to water again.
Pruning : When to Prune Queen of the night plant
- Although the cestrum nocturnum is a bush but, if not pruned, grows like a vine growing to a height of 2.4-4 m (8-12 ft). Prune the plant from time to time to keep its size and shape under control.
- You can pinch the tips of growing ends to encourage new branches and growth. The new branches will bloom fast.
- Cut the dead branches and flowers regularly.
- At the end of flowering season, prune it hard. Heavy pruning of night-blooming jasmine produces new growth with heavy clusters of blooms.
The Night Blooming Jasmine or Raat ki Raani Flowers
- The cestrum nocturnum blooms repeatedly from summer to fall to early winter.
- The plant produces small greenish-yellow flowers, hanging in tubular clusters, 2-2.5 cm long, ending in a star shape with 5 lobes. Some varieties produce yellowish flowers.
- The night blooming jasmine flowers produce berry like fruits 10 mm by 5 mm.
Fertilizer For Night Blooming Jasmine
Feed your night blooming jasmine vine plant in autumn, spring and summer with a balanced fertilizer. Spread the fertilizer around the stem leaving 10 inch from the plant and water well. Every fortnight, you can feed with a liquid fertilizer like seaweed or fish emulsion fertilizer to promote heavier bloom.
Pest and Diseases
The cestrum nocturnum can be attacked by bugs like spider mites, aphids and white flies. They lay their eggs underside of leaves and forms a white cotton ball like structure. Wash the plant with a strong water spray of mild water solution containing insecticidal soap or detergent.
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