Stephanotis floribunda-The genus name Stephanotis has Greek origin, made up of two words; stephonos meaning crown and otos which is ear; a 'crown of ears' which it faintly resembles with the flower trumpet as a meatus surrounded by five "ears." Also known as Bridal Wreath.
Origin: Most Stephanotis originate on Madagascar (S. acuminata, s. floribunda, S. grandiflora, S. isaura and S. thouarsii) but there are also species found in China (S. nana and S. yunnanensis), in Japan (S. japonica and S. lutchuensis), on the Malabar peninsula (S. parviflora) and on Cuba (S. longiflora and S. vincaeflora).
Light: The Bridal Wreath thrives with bright but indirect lighting. Also, try to provide some humidity, as this plant will do better then although this is not critical for the plant's survival. The Madagascar jasmine is a vine with twining growth habit so you need to provide a support for it. One important point to remember is to not move the plant when in bloom, not even twist it around in the window as then the buds may fall.
Water: Even watering throughout the growth season, March - September, especially if your plant is in bud or bloom. Keep somewhat on the dry side during the rest period.
Feeding: Feed with a fertilizer suitable for tropical plants during growing season.
Winter rest: Please note that if you want lots of flowers you need to give your Stephanotis a rest period during the winter months, October -February. Some of the longer, tender shoots might wither down during this time, which is normal.
Prune back soft wood in spring to encourage flowering. Also remove all dead or damaged wood. While doing this you may carefully straighten up the tangle of branches this plant often creates. Fasten branches to the support and help to plant twine the right way.
Potting medium: A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly.
This plant has long lasting flowers with a wonderfully sweet scent.