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.
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Water 2-3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter, with tepid soft water. Allow to dry between waterings.
Feed every 14 days in Spring and Summer with house-plant food at 1/2 strength.
Re-pot young plants annually in Spring using peat-based compost. Older plants will need re-potting less frequently.
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.
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.
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.
Prune after flowering, be careful not to remove flower buds.
Stephanotis will not bloom if light is too low.
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.
On furniture, in lounge, dining room close to window with some shade from mid-day sunlight.
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.
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