The Q&A Archives: Stephanotis Leaf Drop

Question: I bought a stephanotis last year and it seemed to do fine on my porch which gets afternoon sun that can be quite strong in the summer but mild in the winter. After the first bloom the leaves turned yellow and got sort of crinkly and started falling off. It's nearly "bald" now. I read that the roots like to be in the shade so I have moved the plant to a spot where the roots are shady but the top gets afternoon sun. I also repotted it with soil that has a little sand mixed in and fertizled with Miracle Gro. Was that the right thing to do and can you think of anything else I should try?

Answer: Stephanotis, the Madagascar Jasmine, likes cool roots and the tops in filtered sun. If you can provide shade from the hot afternoon sun, your plant should thrive now that you've repotted it. In the meantime, prune back the bald vines to encourage healthy new growth. Good luck with your Stephanotis!

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