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San Francisco, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by DutchDame121
May 13, 2007
I have two different kinds of jasmine plants. One is a night blooming jasmine the other is not although I don't know it's official name.What and how often should I feed them (ph balance ?). Is it alright to have them in the same planter?

Answer from NGA
May 13, 2007
Cestrum nocturnum is night blooming jasmine. There are many other jasmines and most are substantial shrubs so make sure there's plenty of room in your container for both plants - or plan to transplant them into individual containers as they begin to outgrown their first home.

Jasmines can take sun or shade or a combination and are not fussy about soils. I'd use a commercial potting soil, which is typically on the acidic side, and feed with a water soluable fertilizer (also slightly acidified) such as Miracle Gro, Peter's or Schultz's. Since your plants are in containers you'll want to feed at a half-strength dilution every 2-3 weeks during the growing season. This will provide an almost constant source of nutrients without concern of over-fertilizing your jasmines.

Water when the top half-inch of soil is dry and be sure to water thoroughly each time you apply water.

Enjoy your new plants!

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