How to Grow Stephanotis From a Cutting

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Although Stephanotis is called jasmine, it is actually a milkweed.

The genus Stephanotis includes approximately 13 species of fragrant flowering vines. Madagascar jasmine, or Stephanotis floribunda, is the most commonly grown member of the genus. It is sometimes called bridal wreath and does well in temperate to tropical regions. It also thrives as a houseplant in cooler climate zones. Propagate new plants by pruning cuttings from a long existing Stephanotis vine during the warmest month of the year. Because this vine can grow up to 20 feet long, cutting it back will keep it compact and tidy.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers
  • Plant heating pad
  • Small pots or nursery flat
  • Peat-free compost
  • Sand
  • Pencil or screwdriver
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    • 1

      Cut 4-inch lengths from the tips of nonblooming stems, making sure each includes two or three leaf nodes.

    • 2

      Combine 50 percent peat-free compost with 50 percent sand to use as a potting medium. Then fill small pots with drainage holes or a nursery flat with this mixture and water well, until the medium is saturated and water runs from the drainage holes.

    • 3

      Make planting holes about 2 inches apart with a pencil or screwdriver, and then insert one cutting in each hole. Pack additional planting medium around the base, pressing it down lightly to secure your cutting.

    • 4

      Keep your cuttings in a shady area where the temperature remains 64 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is greater than 50 percent. To facilitate rooting, use a plant heating pad under your pots or flat.

    • 5

      Transplant rooted cuttings into 4-inch pots after four to six weeks. Use a standard potting soil and keep the soil moist.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stephanotis prefers bright, indirect light or partial shade, especially in hot summer weather.

  • Water your rooted cuttings sparingly during winter, allowing the potting soil to dry out between waterings. However, keep the soil moist from April through October.

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