How to Prune Stephanotis

Updated February 21, 2017

Stephanotis is a quick-growing woody vine that can grow up to 18 feet. Its white fragrant flowers bloom in summer and are popular in bridal bouquets. Pruning your stephanotis will produce a compact, flowering plant. Pruning also encourages new growth. When you prune your stephanotis, you will see 2 new shoots begin just below the cut.

Prune in early spring to encourage flowering in the summer. Using your pruning shears, remove all dead and damaged stems. Remove any weak growths.

Cut back strong growths by cutting only halfway down the stem. Always make your cuts at an angle.

Avoid cutting down to the woody trunk. Your stephanotis will now be bushier and--if you use a light fertiliser on it--will be filled with blossoms come summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
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