Stephanotis are grown for their strongly perfumed, waxy, tubular, usually white flowers. Leaves are opposite, ovate to elliptic, and leathery. Despite their common name, Stephanotis are not actually members of the jasmine family. Vines will grow and twist to climb.
Light: Stephanotis prefer very bright, indirect or diffused natural light. Protect this plant from the hot summer sun.
Water: Keep Stephanotis moist but not soggy. Water as the surface to an inch below the surface dries. Never let this plant go completely dry. Fertilize during the growing season (spring–summer) with a diluted water soluble all purpose fertilizer. Reduce watering and cease fertilizing in the winter. This plant can be pruned lightly in the winter about halfway if needed.
Environment: Stephanotis do not like temperatures below 50 degrees so be sure to keep your plant in a room that stays between 60 and 70 degrees year round. Avoid drafts or hot air from a heating or cooling system. Stephanotis prefer higher humidity so keep them near a humidifier or pebble tray to help keep the air moist.
Toxicity: Reported to be non toxic to cats and dogs
- Use a light, well-draining houseplant potting mix, ideally in a pot with drainage.
- Avoid moving your plant while it is in flower to avoid the blooms dropping.
Stephanotis are susceptible to scale and mealybugs. If noticed, use an insecticidal spray to clear the infestation. Doing this routinely as a preventative measure can be helpful.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.