Summary: Stephanotis, long time favorite, fragrant, bridal flower, has grown in popularity as a spring-time patio plant grown on a trellis and hanging basket, but little care information has been available – read more.
The Stephanotis has grown in popularity over the past few years along with some of the other spring flowering vines like Mandevillea.
We’ve received many requests for care information on the Stephanotis vine, but sadly, have not found much cultural information available.
Stephanotis – The Description
Stephanotis floribunda, the Madagascar jasmine, is better known as the “bride’s flower,” or “Bridal Veil vine.” A wiry twiner with opposite, oblong, thick, glossy deep green leathery leaves.
The clusters of tubular flowers, most abundant in June, are waxy white and deliciously fragrant, and commonly used in bridal bouquets, hence the name “Bridal Veil Vine”.
Bridal Veil Quick Culture Tips
Light, sunny to semi-sunny. Temperature, average house. Humidtiy, 30% or more. Soil, equal parts loam, sand, peat moss, and leaf mold; keep evenly moist at all times.
Feed biweekly using a soluble food like miracle gro plant food in spring, summer, and fall; withhold food, reduce amount of watering slightly, and lower temperature in winter. Propagate by cuttings of half-matured stems in spring; keep warm and in high humidity until roots form.
Growing The Trellised Stephanotis
We often find the Stephanotis vine grown as a potted trellised plant, although I have seen the plant grown as a basket. Stephanotis can have a tendency to grow all over the place. To produce a compact plant it is recommended that you prune and train around the supporting trellis or basket.
Stephanotis Loves Light
The Bridal Veil enjoys a lot of light especially in the winter months when light levels are low. In the summer months provide as much light as you can, however, it may be necessary to give some light shade from the direct hot sun.
When the wonderfully deliciously fragrant scented flowers appear do not turn or rotate your plant as the flowers have a tendency to drop off.
Well Drained Soil Required
As with many tropicals use a well-drained soil. If you are going to repot, remember these plants can be very sensitive to over watering.
When the plants are in full growth (summer time) water moderately and sparingly during the winter. You are more likely to harm your plant from over-watering it than under-watering.
The real beauty of this plant is the scented white flowers against the deep green leaves. Stephanotis is very responsive to warm temperatures, good, fertile, well-drained soil, and requires a minimum of 55 degrees.
My thoughts have been expressed on fertilizing plants indoors; outdoors it is altogether different. Flowering forces the plant to use up a lot of food, so a good well balanced fertilizer will help in keeping the plant(s) healthy and flowering longer.
The Stephanotis has not been in the marketplace very long, and one question we get as winter approaches has to do with winterizing the Stephanotis. We would like to hear from anyone who has successfully over wintered his or her Stephanotis.
This isn’t just staying alive but bringing it back into flower the next year. I suspect that the Stephanotis vine will over-winter better than a mandevilla.
Propagating The Bridal Veil Vine
Stephanotis is produced from cuttings and seed. The seedpod reaches the size of a medium to large pear and remains on the vine for over 6 months before the seeds are ready for harvest. You will not see an abundance of seedpods on a vine. In fact, in over 30 years I have only seen 5 pods produced on a rather large vine. This page has some good photos on the seed pod.
Seeds germinate readily in warmth and humidity. I have rooted cuttings a few times, but here is the advice of experts. Cut stem tips with three or four joints, from half-ripe wood, in spring. Root in peat and coarse sand, with humidity and warmth (70 degrees).
Popular Greenhouse Addition
This twining tropical vine and thick, glossy, waxy oval leaves and of course summer clusters of small waxy fragrant flowers makes for a perfect greenhouse subject in the North, and in the south when grown over a trellis and other supports.
The vine needs warmth (65 degrees minimum) and moisture during the bud-setting season. Provide full sun except in midsummer heat. And keep it slightly cooler and drier during the winter rest period. Soil should be extra rich in humus. Prune after flowering, in early fall.
Common Name: Madagascar Jasmine