The Q&A Archives: Stephanotis floribunda vine

Question: Plant generally looks healthy, however, have recently experienced several leaves turning yellow. Checked soil and it doesn't appear too moist, but I have been watering two times a week(Wed. and Sat.) Should I maybe only water once a week? Also, will the area in which the leaves were lost regenerate in that same region? The vine looks bare in that area, so I am wondering if the leaves will come back in the same spot. Any other reason for yellowing, other than the water situation? Thanks for your response.

Answer: Stephanotis floribunda is an old time favorite that is about as finicky as a gardenia. The roots need to be kept cool while the top growth benefits from some high dappled shade during the summer. Maintain even moisture, allowing the soil to dry out somewhat in winter. It is normal for some leaves to yellow and drop during the growing season and especially during the winter months. Prune lightly during late winter removing shriveled stems and those with yellowing leaves (cut back to a node). Pruning it back will remove the bare stems and encourage healthy new growth. As days lengthen and nights become warmer enjoy the clusters of sweetly fragrant, white, waxy salverform flowers as a reward for your diligence.

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