Cestrum elegans grow and care – shrub of the genus cestrum also known as Jessamines, Pink, Purple or Red cestrum, Cestrum elegans perennial evergreen hedge plant, used as ornamental hedge plant and attract pollinators, can grow in subtropical, mediterranean, tropical or temperate climate and grow in hardiness zone 9+ and in with the right care in winter hardiness zone 8.
Leaves color green in elliptic to oval shape.
Cestrum elegans flower
Flower color pink, red or purple in trumpet shape, flowers grows in clusters.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed (care instruction bellow) / Vegetative reproduction- possible by bending a branch over and covering it with soil, or by cutting, the cutting possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better with root growth hormone, in both cutting methods better to do it in warm season, with high humidity
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but to get specific cultivars better to start by
Difficulties or problems when growing: Invasive in some places aggressive, before planting need to care that it won’t become invasive in your area
Planting season: Spring planting in hardiness zone 8, spring to summer in hardiness zone 9-10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Just for design, as hedge plant it’s important to prune all the time if not the inner part will be empty from leaves
Size of the plant: 2-3m, 80-120 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, start with pot that will be 50-70% more than the root ball, bigger the plant smaller the percentage, every time that arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger pot until arrives to desirable size, need to take care and switch every few years the soil, because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient, if it’s not possible to take the plant out the soil need to take part of the soil and switch (from the side of the plant, also prune the plant and the roots, soil need to be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom but also need to dry in the same day, also need to check that the water go out if not, or the soil not good or not enough holes in the container
Bloom season? Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower: Trumpet flowers in the colors pink, red or purple, flowers grows in clusters