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Madagascar Jasmine

English Name

Stephanotis Floribunda

Scientific Name

Description

Stephanotis is a climber that grows quite large. It has thick glossy leaves and very fragrant white bell-shaped flowers. It is adaptable enough to be grown in a 6-8 inch pot in the home.

Madagascar

Origin

Asclepiadaceae

Family

55°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

73°F - 79°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

15 days - 3 months

Germination Period

Maximum: 3'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Spring, Summer & Autumn

Seasons

Yes

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Water 2-3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter, with tepid soft water. Allow to dry between waterings.

Feeding

Feed every 14 days in Spring and Summer with house-plant food at 1/2 strength.

Repotting

Re-pot young plants annually in Spring using peat-based compost. Older plants will need re-potting less frequently.

Germination

Sow seeds using seed and cutting compost. Seeds do not germinate all at once. Seedlings will flower 3-5 years from the time they have germinated.

Propagation

Take a 3-4 inch long cutting from the previous year's wood in early Spring or early Summer. Dip the cut ends in rooting powder and plant each cutting in a 3 inch pot containing seed and cutting compost. Enclose the potted plant in a plastic bag or heated propagator. Place it in bright light and keep it moist. When roots develop move cuttings into normal peat-based compost.

Cultivation

Do not move the plant when with flowers or they may be shed. Keep it away from draughts and train the stems around a wire hoop or piece of trellis. Watch out for mealy bug and scale insects.

Pruning

Prune after flowering, be careful not to remove flower buds.

Tips

Stephanotis will not bloom if light is too low.

Care

Provide bright light, but keep out of direct sunlight which will damage the leaves. If kept indoors, keep in a fairly cool room for the winter. If kept too warm it will probably become spindly.

Decorate

On furniture, in lounge, dining room close to window with some shade from mid-day sunlight.

Humidity

Spray daily in Summer, once a week in Winter with tepid soft water, avoiding flowers. Stand pot on saucer of pebbles almost covered with water. Do not allow base of pot to touch water.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



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