Free Stephanotis Floribunda Plants

acalypha hispida plant
A pretty climbing plant with glossy leaves and star-shaped, tubular flowers, which are often used in bridal bouquets. The Stephanotis is very sensitive and if not properly cared for, will quickly shed its foliage. If is essential to maintain an even temperature for the plant and to neither under- nor over-moisten the compost. Particular care should be taken when the plant has just been purchased and is struggling to adapt to its new environment. If it gets over the initial trauma, though, the Stephanotis should thrive, and grow with increasing vigour, requiring additional support and a larger pot. When the plant is in flower, the pot should not be moved, otherwise the blooms will be shed. The Stephanotis can grow quite tall and older specimens are best displayed on the floor.

Plant type : Flowering plant with climbing habit
Season of interest : Spring to summer
Size : 100-250cm (39—98in)
Flower : Five-lobed, tubular, 4cm (1|in), white, wax-like, fragrant, in clusters
Leaf : Oval, 7.5-10cm (3—4in), dark green, glossy, leathery
Temperature : 18-22°C (64-72°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation away from direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 10cm (4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 20-22°C (68 —72°F) from mid spring to early summer
Potting : Flouseplant potting compost
Problems : Mealy bug, scale insect, low temperature causing leaf loss, over¬watering
Availability : Quite commonly available in spring and early summer
Uses indoors : On furniture or floor in lounge or dining room close to window with some shade from direct sun