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Stephanotis is a popular houseplant, grown for its glossy leaves and fragrant blossom from May to October. It thrives in a heated conservatory, but can equally make an attractive display in a warm, light room.
While it is difficult to provide ideal conditions akin to the stephanotis’ native Madagascar, it is possible to get good results with care.
Little pruning or training is required, but there are a few things worth carrying out:
There are two methods of propagation that work well with stephanotis:
Stephanotis can be propagated from cuttings at any time of the year, but it is usually most succesful between April to June.
Stephanotis occasionally produce pear-like fruit 10cm (4in) long. These may take 12 months to ripen and, if necessary, can be picked and placed in a warm spot to ripen.
Stephanotis floribunda AGM: Woody-stemmed, twining climber to 3m (10ft), with mid-dark green leaves contrasting with the highly fragrant, slender-tubed clusters of white flowers.
Stephanotis floribunda variegated: This form is similar to the species in all respects except that it has variegated leaves. This plant is not widely offered for sale, unfortunately.
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Stephanotis suffers from some common houseplant problems.
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