Night blooming Jasmine has many names in India, it feels like different part of India calls it by different name.
Some of the popular names being: Harsingar, Parijat, Raat Ki Rani and Shiuli.
But by whatever name you call it, this plant has always been one my favorites for the obvious reason being its sweet smell.
I feel that the name “Raat ki Rani” suits perfectly to it.
“Raat” means Night and
“Rani” means Queen.
As this plant’s flower blooms only during night and falls as soon the first ray of sunlight comes out.
If you are looking for information on how to grow this amazing flowering plant
or want to know how to care for it, then you are just at the right spot.
Get your coffee or tea and let’s dive in to it.
If you are still wondering:
Can We Grow Parijat/Raat Ki Rani in pots?
The answer is absolutely yes.
But as this plant grows to a height of 10-20 feet, its root needs a lot of space to grow.
So, whenever it outgrows it present pot, repot it into a bigger one.
Also, always keep pruning it to keep it in shape.
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How to Grow Parijat/Harsingar From Cutting In Pots
Best time to grow Parijat/Harsingar plant from cutting is during monsoon season, when the temperature ranges from 25-35 degree Celsius.
For this, you simply need to get cuttings from Raat Ki Rani (Harsingar) plant of about 6-8 inch, which are little brownish in color. Don’t get the ones that are tender and looks greener.
Remove most of the leaves from it, only keeping 2-3 leaves on it.
Now, cut the bottom part of the cuttings at 45-degree angle, you don’t have to be precise but this help in increasing the surface area, which then helps in absorbing more nutrients and water.
After this prepare your container in which you are going to grow Parijat/Harsingar plant.
Take a container (8 inch) make a drainage hole at the bottom of it.
Now, fill it with potting mix.
The soil for growing Raat ki Rani needs to be fast draining and should have following ingredients.
- 1/3 Part Garden Soil
- 1/3 Part Cow dung or Vermicompost
- River Sand 1/3rd part
- Add a handful of fungicide.
Once the container is ready.
Dip the bottom of cuttings in rooting hormone and then insert them inside the soil about 1-1.5 inches deep.
And press gently around it.
Water thoroughly after planting the cutting.
And now comes the most important part.
Cover these potted cutting with the help of either plastic bag or plastic bottle for greenhouse effect.
And keep it in under shade.
After 10-12 days remove the bottle and if everything goes well you will see new life seeping through it.
Parijath (Harsingar) Plant Flowering Season
Once the monsoon has passed and the weather starts to get a bit dry with longer nights.
This is the time when the gorgeous flowers of raat ki rani starts to come into life.
So, the usual flowering season of parijat (Harsingar) plant is from August till December (In India).
Although, if frost comes earlier at your location then it will stop blooming.
Parijat (Raat Ki Rani) plant not flowering
There can be many reasons why your parijat plant is not flowering.
So, I will try to list all of them and you should check it by yourself where you might be doing wrong.
- Giving it too much of direct sunlight:
This plant only requires light direct sunlight (morning sunlight), so if your plant is placed in a location where it receives direct sunlight all day consider moving its location.
- Not Providing It with Fertilizer:
Parijat (Raat ki Rani) is a moderate feeder and requires fertilizer at least twice a year.
And during its flowering season that is from Aug – Dec, you can sprinkle 1 tbsp. of DAP over the soil and water immediately.
This phosphorus rich nutrient helps in flowering of Harsingar plant.
Harsingar (Parijat) Plant Care – Night Blooming Jasmine
The Right Potting Soil for Proper Care of Parijat Plant
Parijat (Harsingar) prefers fast draining nutrient rich soil to grow healthy.
As, this plant suffers root rot easily, adding sand in its potting soil is very important for its proper care and growth.
So, if you are growing it in Container then use this following ingredient to make the potting soil:
But first be very sure to make drainage holes at the bottom of the container before filling the potting soil.
- 1/3 Part Garden Soil
- Cow dung or Vermicompost 1/3rd part
- 1/3 Part Sand
- Handful of bone meal (releases nutrient slowly)
But if you have a backyard and growing it directly in the ground then you don’t have any such requirements.
Just make sure that, water doesn’t stay in that location as it will cause root rot.
And add cow dung in the soil twice a year.
Watering – Crucial Part of Harsingar Plant Care
The most important part in taking caring of Harsingar or Parijat flower plant is while watering it.
This plant doesn’t like to stand in water for a long time and if it happens, its root start to rot and the plant will ultimately die.
So, whenever you are growing parijat tree directly in your ground, make sure water doesn’t stay at that area in normal days as well as rainy season.
And before watering it make sure that the soil is dry and water moderately to make the soil evenly moist.
During summer season, depending on the harshness of the heat, you might need to water it twice in a day.
When growing it in containers, you will need a well-drained soil so that water can flush out of the pot easily.
Always do finger check before watering Harsingar plant in container, that is put your finger 1-2 inch inside the potting soil to feel if its dry or not.
If it has moisture then don’t water it, only water when it feels dry.
Sunlight Requirement – Basic Care for Parijat Flower Plant
There is a beautiful parijat flower tree at my friend’s backyard and it is grown in such a location that it receives morning sunlight for 2-3 hours and then goes under shade for the rest of the day.
So, this is what you also need to do for proper care of your Harsingar plant.
Choose a location where it can get light morning sunlight and then during afternoon when the sun is too harsh, it comes under shade.
Too much of afternoon sunlight can burn and ultimately kill your raat ki rani tree.
Fertilizing Harsingar (Parijat) Flower Plant
As this plant grows very big, it requires a good amount of nutrients as well to grow well and keep flowering.
So, you will need to provide at least 1 kg of Cow dung or Vermicompost to it twice a year.
Once in the month of February and again just before its flowering season that is in September.
Also, add a handful of Neem Khali (pesticide) in the fertilizer for good results.
Pruning During Summer
Raat ki rani plant grows rapidly during summers when it is not flowering and can start growing in one direction and go out of shape.
So, to give a better shape, you should prune it properly during summer season.
For this all you have to do is use a pruner or sharp knife and cut all the small branches going in undesired location.
This will keep the plants growth in check and proper use of nutrition as well.
What is that one thing which made you a fan of Raat Ki Rani plant?
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