Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar Jasmine)
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The Madagascar Jasmine, known by various names such as the Hawaiian wedding flower or bridal wreath plant, is an exquisite botanical treasure that brings forth a sense of timeless sophistication and olfactory delight. This captivating houseplant is cultivated within a compact 12cm pot, making it a perfect addition to any indoor setting.
Originating from the lush, tropical landscapes of Madagascar, the Stephanotis floribunda is a member of the Apocynaceae family. This family is celebrated for its enchanting blossoms, and the Stephanotis is a prime exemplar of this floral beauty. Its defining feature is its waxy, star-shaped, white flowers that emit a sweet and captivating fragrance. They are among the most strongly fragrant of all flowers found in the wild. This unique combination of visual and olfactory appeal adds an unparalleled charm to any living space.
The Madagascar Jasmine offers various styling possibilities to enhance the aesthetics of your home or office. Here are a few suggestions:
Hanging Basket Display: Consider suspending the Madagascar Jasmine in a decorative hanging basket. This showcases its cascading vines and abundant flowers and optimizes air circulation around the plant.
Treillage or Lattice Support: Provide a trellis or lattice for the Stephanotis to climb and twine around. This offers an elegant and visually captivating look while promoting healthy growth.
Potted Centerpiece: Place the plant in an attractive ceramic or decorative pot which complements your interior decor. The Madagascar Jasmine's glossy, dark green leaves and star-shaped flowers make it an ideal centrepiece.
Topiary or Espalier: Prune the plant to create topiary or espalier shapes, which can be a unique and artistic addition to your living space.
Why Madagascar Jasmine Makes a Great Houseplant:
Fragrant Elegance: The Madagascar Jasmine's exquisite white flowers produce a sweet, intoxicating fragrance that fills the air with an enchanting aroma. This makes it an exceptional choice for those seeking a sensory experience within their home.
Air Purification: Like many other houseplants, the Stephanotis floribunda contributes to improved air quality. Its lush green foliage assists in filtering out impurities and releasing oxygen, promoting a healthier indoor environment.
Low Maintenance: This plant is relatively low maintenance, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced gardeners. With proper care, it can thrive for years, bringing enduring beauty to your surroundings.
Visual Appeal: The glossy, dark green leaves and striking star-shaped flowers offer an aesthetic appeal that never goes out of style. The Madagascar Jasmine's graceful vines and abundant blooms add a touch of elegance to any interior.
Encouraging and Sustaining Flowering Indoors:
To encourage and sustain flowering indoors, consider the following tips:Proper Lighting: Place the plant in bright, indirect sunlight. It needs a good balance of light to bloom but avoid direct, scorching sun rays.
Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a consistent temperature of around 70°F (21°C) and keep humidity levels moderate. Mist the plant occasionally to enhance humidity.
Watering: Water the plant thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. Proper drainage is crucial.
Fertilization: Feed the Madagascar Jasmine with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) to promote flowering.
Pruning: Regularly trim the plant to shape it and remove spent flowers. Pruning encourages new growth and more prolific flowering.
Free Gift Card Included: This interesting houseplant makes the perfect gift for any occasion: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, and even a Christmas gift. When gifting, we can include a free, handwritten card - specify your message at the basket stage of delivery, and we’ll do the rest! We won’t give the game away with paperwork or prices either, so it’ll be a wonderful surprise!
Common Questions about the Stephanotis floribunda:
Where should I place the Stephanotis floribunda? Position the plant in an area with bright, indirect light to promote healthy growth and blooming. Shield it from direct sunlight to prevent leaf damage.
How often should I water the Stephanotis floribunda? Maintain even soil moisture but avoid waterlogging. Water when the top inch of soil becomes slightly dry.
Does the Stephanotis floribunda require high humidity? While it appreciates slightly elevated humidity levels, it can thrive in regular household humidity. Misting the leaves or using a humidifier can be beneficial.
Can I fertilize the Stephanotis floribunda? Certainly, use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer designed for indoor plants. Apply it during the growing season according to the recommended dosage and frequency. Reduce or suspend fertilization during the plant's dormant phase in winter. Check out our houseplant food here.
Size: Pot Size: D12cm (diameter)x H40cm. With its aromatic blossoms and lush foliage, the Stephanotis floribunda is ready to grace your living space with its timeless beauty. Plant it in a lovely decorative pot, or allow it to climb and cascade in your indoor garden for a touch of classic charm.
All our plants are carefully selected and supplied in sturdy plastic nursery pots to ensure their safe delivery to your doorstep. Embrace the allure of the Stephanotis floribunda and transform your home into a fragrant sanctuary.
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