How to handle stephanotis

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How to handle stephanotis
Stephanotis can add an aromatic fragrance to your home. (simarik/iStock/Getty Images)

Stephanotis is a name for a type of climbing evergreen vine that produces little white flowers. The most well-known of these flowers is the Stephanotis floribunda, or Madagascar jasmine. Stephanotis vines -- originally from Africa -- enjoy a tropical climate. Their flowers make a popular addition to corsages or wedding bouquets. You don't need to pay an exorbitant price to enjoy these flowers, though. You can easily grow them right in the comfort of your own home. You must handle their growth carefully, though, or you may damage the plant.

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Things you need

  • Potting soil
  • Pot
  • Trellis
  • Spray bottle
  • Garden clippers
  • Drain pan
  • Pebbles

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  1. 1

    Choose a safe location where you can grow your stephanotis. The area should have partial light -- a place that remains shaded in the morning, but receives direct sunlight in the afternoon -- all year round. A location that faces south or west is the best option. Keep the plant away from locations that have sudden changes in temperature, though.

  2. 2

    Surround the roots of your stephanotis plant with loamy soil -- soil that has plenty of nutrients and organic material -- that drains water well. Avoid using soil with a high clay content because it will retain too much water.

  3. 3

    Maintain a minimum temperature of 13 degrees C (55F) around your stephanotis at night and 21 degrees C (70F) during the day. The plant cannot survive in frosty or cold conditions, so consider keeping it as a potted indoor plant.

  4. 4

    Install a small trellis into the soil around your stephanotis. These growing vines usually spread out wide instead of tall, so use a trellis that spread out horizontally instead of vertically.

  5. 5

    Water your stephanotis vines with a fine mist. Water the soil around the roots until an even level of moisture dominates the top soil. Continue to water your stephanotis plant in this fashion in order to keep the soil moist. Do not waterlog the soil, though, as this may harm the roots of your stephanotis vine.

  6. 6

    Clip away any vines that try to expand off the trellis. If you do not regularly groom the vines, they will expand until they dominate the room. This can pose a threat to any other plants close to the stephanotis vine.

  7. 7

    Fill a drain pan with small round pebbles about the same size. Fill the drain pan with a small amount of water that does not rise above the pebbles. Set the pot of the stephanotis vine over the drain pan. As the water evaporates out of the drain pan, it will create a humid environment ideal for growing your stephanotis vine.

Tips and warnings

  • The large mango-sized protrusions that grow off your vines are actually seedpods.
  • Dry them and you can plant another stephanotis vine.

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