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Stephanotis Genus

Wax flower

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Stephanotis genus (Wax flower). This genus consists of between 5 and 15 species of twining woody-stemmed climbers, which are tall and have wiry stems and waxy, deep green leaves. The flowers bloom in early summer in clusters of pure white, pendulous, tubular flowers.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

Africa, Madagascar, Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their scented, waxy flowers.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 13-16C. You should plant them in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil with filtered sunlight as full sun will burn the flowers. Provide stems with support. Shorten over-long or crowded stems in spring.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds in the spring or cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites, scale insects, mealy and root bugs

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