How to Germinate Night Blooming Jasmine Seeds
Night blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) fills the night air with an almost intoxicating floral fragrance. Grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11, night blooming jasmine features small, star-shaped flowers and vine-like stems. These plants grow in clumps up to 12 feet wide and 12 feet tall with support. The jasmine will die back in freezing temperatures, but return in spring in USDA zones 8 and 9. Night blooming jasmine is considered highly invasive in some areas, so you might want to plant it in containers or prune it frequently to control its size.
Prepare a planting mixture of equal parts sphagnum peat moss, compost and coarse sand. Fill 4-inch pots with the planting mixture so you can start the seeds indoors.
Water the potting mix until fluid drains from the bottom of the pots. Water before sowing seeds so you don’t dislodge them.
Sow three night blooming jasmine seeds on the soil surface in each pot, spacing them evenly throughout the pot. If you have an existing night blooming jasmine plant, you can collect your own seeds from the dry seed pods in fall.
Cover with a thin layer of soil. Press down on the seeds gently to ensure contact with the soil.
Place the pots in a window that receives full sun. Seeds will germinate best with temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a seed germination mat or place the seeds near a heating vent to make the soil warmer than the normal room temperature, if needed.
Water the seeds as needed to keep the soil moist but not wet. Spray the seeds with a mist of water from a spray bottle to increase humidity if needed. This is especially helpful if you place your seeds near a heating vent where the air tends to become dry.
Thin the seedlings to leave only the healthiest plant in each pot when the plants develop two leaf sets. Clip the weaker plants at soil level with a pair of scissors rather than pulling so you don’t disturb the roots of the healthy plant.
Transplant the seedlings outdoors or to a larger container when the plants are at least 6 inches tall and when the regular daytime temperatures are above 70 F. Transplant to a site with full sun and light, sandy soil with good drainage. Add ingredients such as compost, manure, leaf mold and coarse sand to help lighten the soil, if needed.
How to Germinate Night Blooming Jasmine Seeds. Night blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) fills the night air with an almost intoxicating floral fragrance. Grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11, night blooming jasmine features small, star-shaped flowers and vine-like stems. These …
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