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Night Blooming Jasmine 10 Seeds Cestrum

Night Blooming Jasmine 10 Seeds Cestrum

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Cestrum nocturnum, commonly known as night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming cestrum, or raatrani, is a species of flowering shrub in the family Solanaceae. Native to the West Indies, this plant is well-known for its highly fragrant, tubular, greenish-white flowers that emit a delightful scent, especially in the evenings.
Here are some key characteristics and facts about Cestrum nocturnum:
Appearance: Night-blooming jasmine is a woody, evergreen shrub that can grow up to 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) in height. It has simple, lance-shaped leaves that are dark green in color.
Fragrance: The most notable feature of Cestrum nocturnum is its intense, sweet fragrance that becomes more potent during the nighttime. The flowers release their scent primarily in the late afternoon and evening, attracting pollinators like moths and other night-flying insects.
Flowers: The small, tubular flowers of night-blooming jasmine are greenish-white and grow in clusters. Each flower has five lobes and a long, slender tube that contributes to its unique shape.
Toxicity: It's important to note that while the flowers of Cestrum nocturnum are beautiful and fragrant, all parts of the plant are considered toxic if ingested. It contains alkaloids that can be harmful to humans and pets, so it's best to keep it out of reach in areas where there are children or pets.
Cultivation: Night-blooming jasmine is popular in tropical and subtropical regions and can be grown in a variety of soils as long as they are well-drained. It thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions.
Propagation: This plant can be propagated through stem cuttings, which can root quite easily. Seeds can also be used for propagation, but they require special treatment like scarification or soaking to enhance germination rates.

Growing Instructions

Plant the seeds upon receiving them, or if storing, keep them in a refrigerator until ready for planting.

Seed Treatment: To improve germination rates, it's advisable to scarify the seeds lightly. You can do this by gently rubbing the seeds with sandpaper or nicking the seed coat slightly with a knife. Scarification helps water penetrate the seed coat and encourages germination.
Preparation of Growing Medium: Choose a well-draining potting mix suitable for seed germination. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite can be a good choice. Fill small pots or seed trays with the potting mix.
Sowing: Plant the treated seeds about 1/4 inch (6 mm) deep into the prepared potting mix. Space the seeds at least a few inches apart to provide enough room for growth.
Watering: Moisten the potting mix gently after sowing the seeds. Avoid overwatering, as excessively damp conditions can lead to rot.
Germination: Place the pots or trays in a warm and brightly lit location. A temperature range of 70-85°F (21-29°C) is ideal for germination. Keep the soil consistently moist during this period. Germination can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, so patience is key.
Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves and are strong enough to handle, you can transplant them into larger individual pots or outdoor garden beds. Be gentle during transplanting to avoid damaging the delicate roots.
Growing Conditions: Cestrum nocturnum thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. Provide regular waterings, especially during dry periods, to keep the plants healthy and growing.

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