STEPHANOTIS, CLUSTERED WAX FLOWER, MADAGASCAR JASMINE, or MADAGASCAR CHAPLET FLOWER

P. An evergreen climber only suited to warm greenhouse cultivation in this country. The very fragrant, tubular, white flowers are very long-lasting when cut and appear all summer. They were formerly widely grown for wreaths and table decoration. Stephanotis floribunda Elvaston is a good variety, rather more compact than the type. Grow in turfy loam, sand and peat and then cut out old wood in winter. A prepared bed is desirable for this plant as it is a rampant grower and will soon cover a large area of the greenhouse and is best trained to a trellis below the roof. Aim at a minimum winter temperature of 55 degrees F., 65 degrees F. at other seasons of the year — and keep fairly dry in winter. In summer water freely. Increase by side shoots 3 in. long in spring and rooted in a warm propagating case. Choose shoots from previous year’s wood.

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