Care for Stephanotis

Overview

If you know stephanotis as "bridal veil" or "wedding plant", you are not alone. Because stephanotis is popular with florists for creating bridal bouquets, many people associate this fragrant, white vining flower with weddings. Provide a warm and humid environment for your stephanotis plants and they will thrive and grow to add beautiful sights and scents to your growing area.

Step 1

Plant stephanotis in a growing area that receives full sunlight for best results. Improve the soil quality by adding compost to the soil.

Step 2

Install a trellis behind the stephanotis plant to enable the vines of the plant to grow vertically. Help to train the vines to start growing along the trellis, if necessary, by looping them gently through the holes of the trellis.

Step 3

Water the stephanotis enough to keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season. Reduce watering during the winter and only water enough to keep the plant from drying excessively.

Step 4

Fertilize stephanotis plants once per month during the growing season by mixing the water-soluble fertilizer with water at half the strength recommended on the fertilizer container.

Step 5

Prune back the stephanotis during the late winter or early spring when it is not actively growing. Use the pruning shears to remove excess growth and keep the plant a compact size that will fit within your growing area. Trim back the stems at any point to make them as long as you desire.

Step 6

Keep the temperature above 70 degrees F during the day and between 55 and 60 degrees F overnight. If you grow stephanotis in a container, move it outdoors during the summer and move it back indoors over the winter months to keep the temperature correct for the plant's needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Trellis
  • All-purpose fertilizer (water-soluble)
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Colorado State University: Plant Talk
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