Madagascar Jasmine: Bridal Veil Vine Plant Fragrant Stephanotis Flower Care

Summary: Stephanotis, a long time favorite, fragrant, bridal flower, has grown in popularity as a spring-time patio plant growing on a trellis and hanging basket, but little stephanotis plant care information has been available..

The Stephanotis plant has grown in popularity over the past few years along with some of the other spring flowering vines like Mandevillea.

We’ve received many requests for care information on the Stephanotis vine, but sadly, have not found many cultural details available.

white waxy flower of fragrant bridal wreath vine Madagascar jasmine known as Stephanotis

Stephanotis – The Description

Stephanotis floribunda, the Madagascar jasmine vine, is better known as the “bride’s flower,” or “Bridal Veil vine.” A wiry twiner with opposite, oblong, thick, glossy deep green leathery leaves from family Apocynaceae, also known as milkweed family.

The clusters of tubular white flowers, most abundant in June are deliciously fragrant. The fragrant flowers commonly used as a wedding flower in bridal bouquets or wedding bouquets earned the common name of “Bridal Veil Vine” or “Bridal Wreath.”

Bridal Veil Quick Culture Tips

Light, sunny to semi-sunny. Temperature, average house. Humidity, 30% or more. Soil, equal parts loam, sand, peat moss, and leaf mold; keep evenly moist at all times.

Feed biweekly using a soluble liquid food like miracle-gro plant food in spring, summer, and fall.

Withhold fertilizer, reduce the amount of watering slightly, and lower temperature in winter.

Propagate by cuttings of half-matured stems in spring; keep warm and in high humidity until roots form.

Growing The Trellised Madagascar Jasmine

We often find the Stephanotis vine grown as a potted trellised plant, although I have seen the plant grown as a basket.

Growing stephanotis floribunda may result in the plant growing all over the place.

To produce a compact plant prune and train the vines around a supporting trellis or basket.

Stephanotis Loves Light

The Bridal Veil enjoys a lot of light especially in the winter months when light levels are low.

In the summer months provide as much light as possible. It may be necessary to give plants some light shade from the direct sunlight.

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When the wonderfully deliciously fragrant scented white flowers appear do not turn or rotate your plant as the stephanotis flowers tend to drop off.

Well Drained Soil Required

As with many tropicals, plant Stephanotis a well-drained soil. If you are repotting, remember these plants are sensitive to overwatering.

When the plants are in full growth (summer time) water moderately and sparingly during the winter. The vine suffers more harm from overwatering than under-watering.

The real beauty of this plant is the scented white stephanotis flowers against the deep green leaves.

Stephanotis is very responsive to warm temperatures, good, fertile, well-drained soil, and requires a minimum of 55° degrees Fahrenheit.

Fertilizing Stephanotis

I’ve expressed my thoughts on fertilizing plants indoors; outdoors it is altogether different.

Flowering forces plants to use up a lot of food. Applying a good, well-balanced fertilizer will help keep plants healthy and flowering longer.

The Stephanotis has not been in the marketplace very long. One question we get as winter approaches is what to do with winterizing the Stephanotis.

We would like to hear from anyone who has successfully overwintered their Stephanotis.

We are not talking about “staying alive” but bringing the vine back into full flower the next year. I suspect the Stephanotis vine over-winters better than a Mandevilla.

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Propagating The Bridal Veil Vine

Propagate Stephanotis from cuttings and seed. The seedpod reaches the size of a medium to large pear. The seedpod remains on the vine for over six months before the seeds are ready for harvest.

You will not see an abundance of seed pods on a vine.

In fact, over the last 40 years, I have only seen five pods produced on a rather large vine.

This page has some good photos on the seed pod.

Seeds germinate readily in warmth and humidity. I have rooted cuttings a few times, but the experts advise:

  • In spring, cut stem tips with three or four joints from half-ripe wood
  • Dip in rooting hormone powder
  • Root in peat and coarse sand
  • Keep humidity high
  • Maintain warmth 70° degrees Fahrenheit
  • Transplant once roots become established

Popular Greenhouse Addition

This twining tropical vine with thick, glossy, waxy oval leaves and summer clusters of small waxy, tubular fragrant flowers makes for a perfect greenhouse subject in the North.

In the south grow the Madagascar jasmine vine over a trellis or on other supports.

The vines need warmth (65° degrees Fahrenheit minimum) and moisture during the bud-setting season.

Provide full sun except in midsummer heat. Keep plants slightly cooler and drier during the winter rest period.

Soil should be extra rich in humus. Prune after flowering, in early fall.

Family: Apocynaceae
Common Name: Madagascar Jasmine

Photo Credits: Seed Pod: L. marie