Stephanotis is treasured for its dainty white flowers that grace the dark green foliage every spring, and for its sweet, delicate fragrance. Its long, trailing vines and its popularity in wedding bouquets has earned it the nickname, “Bridal Veil.” Stephanotis, or Madagascar Jasmine, is usually a hothouse flower and often isn’t a good choice for the home horticulturist. However, if you’re determined, you might be successful and Stephanotis may just decide to take root in your home landscape.
Purchase a young Stephanotis at a greenhouse or nursery. Choose a place where it will be possible to support the plant, either by planting it next to a wall or on a sturdy trellis. Be sure the plant will have plenty of sunlight and water, but protect it from direct sunlight on hot days.
Dig a hole that will easily accommodate the plant’s root ball. Remove the Stephanotis from its container and plant it carefully into the hole at about the same level it was in the nursery container. Replace the soil, tamping it down as you go, and water it well when you’re finished.
Support the vines carefully on the trellis with a soft tie such as torn pantyhose. Never use wire or other substances that can cut into the plant. Prune the Stephanotis in late winter to promote healthy growth in the spring.
Water the plant lightly but regularly and never allow it to become waterlogged. Stephanotis can endure slightly dry conditions but letting the roots sit in water can kill it.