Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
South Asia, India
Paarijat or Queen of the night requires full sun or part shade, moderate watering and well-drained soil. Fertilize once a month.
Grows as large shrub or small tree (10'-20'), depending on how it is trained. The strongly perfumed small white flowers with orange-red tube in the center grow in clusters. The individual flowers open at dusk and drop at dawn, carpeting the ground. Paarijat is commonly used for worship in temples.
Landscape UseEntry specimen or informal hedge. Does well in containers
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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