Re­vis­it­ing night-bloom­ing jas­mine plants

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When I wrote re­cently to an e-mailer who sent a ques­tion about night-bloom­ing jas­mine, I be­lieve my ex­pla­na­tion wasn’t quite suf­fi­cient, so I want to share a rewrit­ten an­swer.

The choice of two plants in close prox­im­ity to the same species — like night-bloom­ing jas­mine — al­lows the plants to achieve “chi.”

This cross-pol­li­na­tion with its part­ner will in­crease the num­ber of flow­ers and heighten their aroma be­cause the plants are happy.

A long time ago, I had one plant that seemed not to have any night­time aroma. Then I read an ar­ti­cle in one of my many books on gar­den­ing. There was a pas­sage about Con­fu­cius, who wrote in 400 B.C. that plants — just like hu­mans — need to have a part­ner in their life to achieve “chi” — that is, a sense of hap­pi­ness, ful­fill­ment and bal­ance.

In an­other book called “The Pri­vate Life of Plants,” au­thor David At­ten­bor­ough wrote that plants ex­pe­ri­enced pos­i­tive “feel­ings” from stim­uli and care. Many other gar­den­ing books also em­pha­size that some plants pos­sess the kind of dis­po­si­tion that makes them pre­fer cer­tain species as close neigh­bors. In the near fu­ture, I list some ex­am­ples of plants that make for good neigh­bors for each other.

If you have any ques­tions or prob­lems give me a call at 561-744-4750 or e-mail me at

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