Yesterday Today Tomorrow Plant Care

August 1, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Know How To Grow Yesterday Today And Tomorrow Plant

Yesterday today tomorrow plant heavenly scented flowers

Yesterday-today and tomorrow plant, Brunfelsia bonodora or kiss me quick is a flowering plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. It is endemic to Brazil and is commonly known as the Brazil rain tree.

About the Plant

The flowers of this shrub last for three days. During this time, their main feature is that each bloom changes colour during each day, automatically fading in colour. This gives this flowering bush the trademark yesterday today and tomorrow plant. The first day flowers will be purple and on the second day, the colour will turn to pastel lavender. On the third day the flowers will be white. Because of this colour transformation, they are liked as garden plants. This evergreen plant has small simple leaves and masses of 5 petalled fragrant flowers and dark green foliage. Here, flowering starts from late spring, September it is in full bloom by Remembrance Day 11 day of November and has stopped flowering by the end of the month. The plant is not safe for children as the alkaloid content is poisonous. The seeds and berries are toxic to children and pets. The plant can grow to a height of 3 meters and can grow 2.50 meters in breadth. There are 42 species of the Brunfelsia plant.

Planting Instructions

This plant is highly suitable in areas with warm and frost-free climate. In areas with frost, the plant can be grown in containers and can be brought inside, must be undercover during winter. Brunfelsias have a strong sweet smelling fragrance and can survive in the sun or the shade. But, it is better to plant them in areas where they will be able to receive morning sun and some shade during the afternoon or in a partly shady area for the whole day. They cannot withstand extreme hot or cold temperatures. To survive they do not prefer any soil preferences, yesterday today and tomorrow plant is slow growing if you like, adding some valuable humus would assist in faster growth and blooms. Make sure that you are planting them in well-draining soil. The plant needs to be watered well and water them only when the topsoil dries out. Plant them in a hole which can hold the root mass and make sure that the plant base is even with the soil line. Planting in deep holes may cause stem rot. There is no need to provide fertilisers at the time of planting. Brunfelsias can be used in mixed shrub borders as hedges.

How to Care for Brunfelsia?

During dry soil conditions, the plant needs regular watering. Though they can grow to a height of 3 meters, you can prune the plant to keep the height under control and to give a good appearance. Pruning of the plant should be done during spring or early autumn. Regular pruning will promote prolific blooming.

Propagation

The propagation is mainly by using softwood cuttings of the shrub. The ideal time to take softwood cutting for propagation is from spring to early summer. Take approximately 4” cuttings during the early morning. Take the cutting from the non-flowering shoot and remove the extreme tip. Remove the bottom leaves and dip the end in the rooting hormone. Place them in a pot filled with soil and compost mixture. The leaves should be above the level of the soil. Water and cover the pot with a polythene sheet and place it in an area receiving bright sunlight, but out of direct sun. The place should be warm and humid. Periodically remove the polythene sheet to give ventilation to the plant.

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