question on flowering of cestrum nocturnum - रात राणी in Mumbai/INDIA

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Geeta Rane

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Feb 2, 2011, 5:11:27 AM2/2/11
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Greetings,
Request to tell us about flowering period of Cestrum Nocturnum in India mainly in Mumbai,
my colleage has planted this in her garden pot & is flowering now and so curious to know through "me"
is there any specific (natural) period?
Please reply when time permits,
 Thanks with Regards,
 
geeta rane

Pankaj Kumar

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Feb 2, 2011, 11:12:48 AM2/2/11
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In my garden this plant used to have flower throughout the year. But
flowers were luxuriant during rainy season. And as the name suggests,
this blooms at night. This is a water loving plant I assume and hence
needs watering everyday. That may enhance flowering in your area.
Pankaj

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Mahadeswara

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Feb 3, 2011, 1:49:28 AM2/3/11
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With some experience in horticulture I can say that generally
watering does not enhance flowering.What is needed is optimum moisture
content in the soil. In fact for all the annual seasonal flowering
plants, the horticulturist advise the growers to withhold water at
the time of flowering. This is my experience too. Furthermore, many
of the plants do not flower properly during rainy season due to
improper sunlight. Of course there are exceptions. This particular
plant might fall in that group.

On Feb 2, 9:12 pm, Pankaj Kumar <sahanipan...@gmail.com> wrote:
> In my garden this plant used to have flower throughout the year. But
> flowers were luxuriant during rainy season. And as the name suggests,
> this blooms at night. This is a water loving plant I assume and hence
> needs watering everyday. That may enhance flowering in your area.
> Pankaj
>

Anand Kumar Bhatt

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Feb 3, 2011, 4:01:22 AM2/3/11
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It flowers all the year round with more profuse in rainy season and summer as rightly pointed out by Pankaj. Light pruning after the flush is over should be beneficial. 
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Feb 3, 2011, 4:08:13 AM2/3/11
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I dont know about Mahadeshwar' s comments. True that flowers like Bauhinia flower more profusely when water is withheld during the bloom time. For seasonal plants also copious watering may not be desirable. But I saw for Jasminum sambac that watering everyday and removing the bloomed flowers eeveryday is good for flowering. Of course it needs pruning at the end of winter. 
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Pardeshi S.

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Feb 3, 2011, 6:48:00 AM2/3/11
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Cestrum nocturnum flowers almost through out year but more profuse
during monsoon.

Regards
Satish Pardeshi
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