The Q&A Archives: Stephanoptis Plant

Question: My stephanotis plant has grown 2 large bean like bulbs hanging from the stem. What is it and how to care for these? Are they seeds?

Answer: Stephanotis is a climbing plant from the tropics of Madagascar though it can be found growing wild in places as far apart as Peru and Southern China. The bean-type pods you've found are probably seed pods. You can simply cut them off the plant and toss them out. Or, if allowed to completely mature (seed pods will turn brown) you can try to germinate them. Sow 1/16" deep in moistened seed starting mix and keep the trays or pots at 75F-80F degrees. If the seeds are viable they should sprout in 15-90 days.

Stephanotis is a long-time favorite, bearing fragrant white tubular floweres, about 1.5 inches across, bloom in clusters four to six, among leathery dark green three to five inch leaves. This vine may be woven through a trellis, trained around a hoop or top of a window.

When not in bloom Stephanotis is an attractive foliage plant. Stephanotis likes to be root bound, if you have just purchased a stephanotis do not repot it for one year. When repotting go one pot size up: ex. if in a six inch pot, repot in a seven or eight inch pot size.

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