How to Gather Stephanotis Seeds


Stephanotis, also known as Madagascan jasmine, has a multitude of star-shaped white blossoms that have a fragrance that is as sweet as honey. Stephanotis is often used in bridal work and the blossoms are often included in stand-alone bouquets. This is a tropical plant that does not do well outdoor in cooler climates, but which can be grown indoors in containers. Stephanotis only grows well outdoors in hardiness zones 10 and 11.

Step 1

Watch your stephanotis plant carefully for the development of an avocado-shaped seed pod. Seed pods should appear in the fall, toward the end of the growing season. Seed pods are sometimes difficult to grow on indoor plants unless the humidity and the temperature are both kept high.

Step 2

Wait for the staphanotis seed pod to turn yellow. Once it turns yellow and sounds somewhat hollow when thumped, pick it off the plant.

Step 3

Take the ripe seed pod indoors, away from all breezes. Use a knife to cut open the pod. The seeds will be light and fluffy and will blow away in the slightest breeze. Place the opened seed pod inside a plastic baggie and use your fingers to carefully coax the seeds out of the pod and into the baggie.

Step 4

Remove the empty seed pod from the baggie, being careful to keep all seeds inside the baggie. Seal the baggie.

Things You'll Need

  • Stephanotis seed pod
  • Knife
  • Baggie
  • Growing tray
  • Starter soil
  • Vermiculite
  • Large plastic bag


  • Gardening Australia: Fact Sheet: Growing Stephanotis
  • Plant-Care: Stephanotis
  • Flicker: Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis) Fruit
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