Stephanotis is a member of the milkweed family and is native to Madagascar. They are woody twining vines with dark green, waxy foliage, and, under optimal conditions, they produce fragrant white flowers.
Stephanotis need medium to high light and evenly moist potting mix to grow well and flower.
Stephanotis originated in the tropics and will perform best in rooms that are 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 55 to 60 degrees at night. If you keep your plant on a window sill, protect it from cold and drafts. These plants will thrive in 40 to 80 percent relative humidity. Fertilize these plants every month with a half-strength solution of an all-purpose soluble fertilizer. Use a potting mix that has good drainage.
Stephanotis may be propagated by taking four-inch tip cuttings. They occasionally attract pests, including mealybugs and scale.
Use stephanotis as a potted plant or in a hanging basket. Provide a trellis or other support on which the vine can grow. Florists use this plant extensively in weddings; it often is nicknamed the wedding plant.
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Updated Monday, June 22, 2015