Night Jasmine (Parijat) Plant Care: Problems & Solutions

night jasmine care

Night Jasmine, also known as Parijat, Harsingar, Shuili is a delicate and fragrant flowering plant. It is also commonly recognized under the scientific name Nyctanthes Arbor-tristis.

night blooming jasmine
night blooming jasmine

Its small, star-shaped white flowers with orange centers bloom at night, spreading a sweet, heady fragrance. Although this plant is relatively easy to grow, it can encounter some common problems. In this article, we will discuss these issues and provide effective solutions for nurturing a healthy Night Jasmine plant (Parijat/Harsingar). 

Problem 1: Not pruned regularly: 

pruning night jasmine
pruning night jasmine
  • Night Jasmine can become leggy and unruly if not pruned regularly.

Solution:

  • Prune your Night Jasmine in the early spring to remove dead or overgrown branches and encourage bushier growth.
  • This also promotes better air circulation and blooming.

Hard Pruning:

  • Perform a hard pruning of the plant after winter to stimulate new growth.

Problem 2: Overwatering

overwatering
overwatering
  • One of the most common mistakes made when caring for Night Jasmine is overwatering.
  • This plant prefers well-draining soil and doesn’t tolerate waterlogged conditions.

Solution:

  • Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering.
  • Be sure the pot or planting area has good drainage, and consider using a well-draining potting mix.
  • Reduce watering during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

Problem 3: Chlorosis Treatment

If the leaves of the plant begin turning white instead of green, it’s a sign of chlorosis. This occurs when chlorophyll is not forming properly in the leaves due to stress.

Chlorosis in leaves
chlorosis in leaves

Solution:

To treat chlorosis follow the tips:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt in 5 liters of water.
  • Spray the solution on the plant twice, with a 15-day gap between applications.
  • Remove the white leaves.
  • Place the plant in direct sunlight for a maximum of 1 hour.
  • Over time, the plant will recover, and new green leaves will grow.

Problem 4: Pests

mealybug
mealybug in plant
  • Night Jasmine can be vulnerable to common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites.

Solution:

  • Regularly inspect your plant for signs of pests, including yellowing leaves or tiny insects.
  • You can use neem oil or insecticidal soap to treat the infestation.
neem oil spray
neem oil spray
  • In severe cases, consider moving the plant outdoors temporarily to allow natural predators like ladybugs to assist in pest control.

Problem 5: Yellowing Leaves

yellow leaves night jasmine
yellow leaves night jasmine
  • Yellowing leaves are often a sign of nutrient deficiencies or stress in Night Jasmine plants.

Solution:

  • Feed your plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). 

Problem 6: Insufficient Light

  • Night Jasmine thrives in full sunlight.
  • Insufficient light can lead to leggy growth and reduced blooming.

sunlight to Night jasmine plant

Solution:

  • Place your Night Jasmine in a location where it receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. 

Problem 7: Root Bound Issue

night jasmine in old pot
night jasmine in old pot
  • In the initial years, the plant may do well in the same pot, but after 2-3 years, it may become root-bound.
  • When this happens, the plant may show signs of stress, such as bent leaves, despite receiving adequate fertilizer and water.
  • Roots might even start emerging from the bottom hole or appearing at the top of the soil.
  • This is an indication that the current pot is no longer suitable for the plant.
root bound night in jasmine plant
root bound night in jasmine plant

Solution:

  • To address this problem, you have two options:

Option 1: Change the pot and shift the plant into a larger pot

new pot
new pot
  • Gently remove the plant from the old pot.
  • Consider using a plastic pot as larger clay pots are not available. 
  • If using a plastic pot, make sure to create drainage holes at the bottom to prevent water stagnation.
night jasmine in new pot
night jasmine in new pot
  • Add a small amount of fungicide (less than a teaspoon) and incorporate cocopeat (half of the compost) into the soil mixture.
fungicide in soil mixture
fungicide in soil mixture
  • Larger pots can dry out quickly, especially if exposed to high levels of sunlight, so cocopeat helps retain moisture.
  • Fill the new pot with the soil mixture and place the old plant in it without disturbing the soil and roots.
soil mixture
soil mixture
  • Follow the same pruning process to encourage bushier growth.
  • Maintain the watering and fertilizing routine to support the plant’s growth for the next 3-4 years in the new pot.
watering night jasmine plant
watering night jasmine plant

Option 2: Root Pruning

  • Remove the plant from the pot, and trim the side roots without disturbing the main root.
  • Then, repot the plant in the same pot with fresh soil.

Problem 8: Arrival of Seed Pods:

seed pots in night jasmine plant
seed pots in night jasmine plant

 

  • Occasionally, seed pods may develop at the tip of the plant, containing Parijat seeds.
  • These seed pods should be removed to prevent overcrowding, as excessive seed production can harm the plant.

night jasmine

In conclusion, Night Jasmine (Parijat) is a lovely plant with a wonderful fragrance. By taking care of it and solving the problems we discussed, you can enjoy its beautiful flowers and delightful scent for a long time. Just remember, it needs patience and regular care to grow well.

Happy Gardening!

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