Why are the flowers falling off a stephanotis plant?

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Dubbed the "bridal wreath," the small, white fluted flowers from the stephanotis plant are often inserted into bridal bouquets. When planted as a houseplant the fragrant blooms provide a natural air freshener. Use care with these plants as they are sensitive and if not tended to properly can lose their flowers.


The stephanotis is also known as Madagascar jasmine for its country of origin and scent similar to jasmine. This plant is at home in a pot with a trellis to climb and grow to a height of about 1.5 metres (5 feet) indoors and up to 4.5 metres (15 feet) outdoors. Its 10 cm (4 inch) long white flowers have five lobe-shaped petals and glossy dark green leaves.


This plant grows naturally in rainforests and thrives in the filtered light from the canopies the trees provide. Too much direct sunlight can cause the flowers to begin falling off the stephanotis plant. Place the plant near a sunny window with a thin curtain to provide filtered sunlight.

Environmental disturbance

A constant and calm environment with high humidity is necessary for the stephanotis to flourish. Placing the plant near air vents, open windows or abruptly moving the location of the plant can agitate the plant and cause the flowers to fall off.