Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Last Updated February 23, 2014
Zaluzianskya Capensis is known as Night Blooming Phlox and Midnight Candy. During the day Midnight Candy Phlox flowers are closed and have no scent but as the sun sets and the blooms open up, they release a wonderful scent! Many people say Midnight Candy smells like almonds, vanilla or honey. I personally think that Midnight Candy Phlox smells like vanilla baby powder! It’s a really good sweet smell, you could almost eat the flowers!
Midnight Candy Night Blooming Phlox is easy to grow and requires minimal attention. Night Blooming Phlox is also fairly drought tolerant making it even easier to keep alive! You can also keep it alive through at least a few of the Winter months (if you bring it inside). Zaluzianskya Capensis will easily grow where all the weeds and grasses of the field grow, just throw some seeds in the field or garden bed at the end of Winter. The seeds should start to grow around the first rains when the temperature is right. I grew my Night Blooming Phlox in a 1 gallon pot, I started it out with potting soil that was full of wood chips but that made it hard for the roots to establish themselves. I recommend filling the pot with 1/2 natural soil and 1/2 potting soil, and the top 3/4 inch should be the ground up moss and peralite seed starting soil, or some other soft medium. Plant the Midnight Candy Phlox seeds just under the top of the soil, make sure to water every day. To speed the germination process up a little bit I would make sure to leave some room at the top of the pot (an 1 inch is fine) and cover the pot with saran wrap. If you do this you can water less often (just don’t let the growing medium dry out). I would be prepared to use new saran wrap each time you water as saran wrap becomes hard to work with after it’s been used once. You do not ever want the saran wrap to touch the seedlings or it will probably kill them pretty quick so take the wrap off once the seeds sprout.
Just after the Midnight Candy Phlox seeds sprout they should go out side, start out by putting them in partial sun. Once the Midnight Candy Phlox seedlings are an inch or two tall they should be able to handle full sun. I water mine once per day, and they have never even wilted. If you notice the roots of the Midnight Candy Phlox, put a little more dirt in the pot and water it in.
Zaluzianskya Capensis Midnight Candy Night Blooming Phlox is such an easy to grow plant with such a rewarding fragrance, it’s a must have for Moonlight Gardens, Night Gardens, or Fragrance Gardens! I highly recommend growing in large quantities so the fragrance fills the evening and night air!