Stephanotis Problems

Overview

Stephanotis is a good porch or houseplant with white summer flowers. This vine is covered with large, oval, glossy green leaves, and grows to 12 feet high.

Stephanotis image by "I only live to love you more each day, my Dearest..." is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Thai Jasmine under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs are small, wingless insects that attack the stephanotis. They use their piercing mouths to suck the sap out of the plant leaves.

Scale Insects

Scale insects appear as bumps on the stephanotis leaves. They suck the plant sap until the leaves turn yellow and drop off.

Infestation Solutions

Isolate any stephanotis from other plants if you notice any bug infestation. Use insecticidal soap to wash the bugs off. Encourage natural enemies of the pests, like parasitic wasps and ladybugs, to help keep the unwanted bug population under control.

Leaf Disease

Sooty mold causes a black surface fungus to grow along the stephanotis stems and leaves. Being weakened by scale insects encourages sooty mold attacks.

Root Disease

Stephanotis can develop root rot when exposed to excessively wet conditions during cool weather.

Temperature Changes

Stephanotis does not like extreme temperature changes. It needs a constant cool of 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter.

References

  • Backyard Gardener: Stephanotis jasminoides
  • Logee's Greenhouses Spectacular Container Plants; Byron Martin and Laurelynn G. Martin; 2001
  • The House Plant Expert; D. G. Hessayon; 1992
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About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.