How to Care for Madagascar Jasmine
If you love the look of climbing vines, the Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) is an excellent choice not only for its beautiful leaves but also for its scented flowers. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors in Singapore apartments because it can survive in sub-tropical and tropical climates. While it may not be difficult to grow, you need to keep in mind certain conditions if you want it to flower.
The Madagascar jasmine needs a lot of space to grow. Although you can grow it in your apartment, some plants can reach up to 10 feet or more in height. But its growth can be limited to the size of the pot if you are not going to grow it in a garden.
Use a peat moss-based mix. When choosing a potting soil, perlite and peat moss (1:2) should give the Madagascar jasmine everything it needs. You will also need to re-pot the plant once every two years if you need more room for it to grow. For propagation, it is possible to use non-flowering stem cuttings with two nodes. Place it in a pot then cover the pot with plastic. Temperature for proper propagation should be above 21°C.
Support the Madagascar jasmine vines. You need to provide the plant with a trellis in the pot then tie the vines with a florist wire you can get in gardening supply shops.
Maintain ideal temperatures for the Madagascar jasmine. If grown outdoors, you will have no issues with the plant but if grown indoors, you need to keep the temperature between 18°C to 26°C. Anything below 7°C is bad for the plant. You should also keep it away from air vents and any source of heat or cold.
The Madagascar jasmine needs plenty of light. It will not burn when exposed to direct sunlight, so it is fine if grown outdoors. Indoors, you should place it near the window where it can get plenty of bright light. If you want it to bloom, you might have less success if the plant does not get enough light indoors. Provide high humidity by spraying the plant regularly. Alternatively, you can use a tray with wet pebbles under the pot to keep ideal conditions.
Water the Madagascar jasmine thoroughly. Wait for the soil to dry before watering, them use distilled water to water the plant. If you notice, however, that the buds are dropping or the flowers are not doing well, it may be that the plant is getting too much or too little water.
There is no need to prune Madagascar jasmine. Pruning will not encourage new growth, which is unusual for a vine. But if you need to trim the plant, remove only the withered leaves or shoots.
Check for common problems. The Madagascar jasmine is prone to mealybug and scale infestation, so make it a habit to check for signs regularly under the leaves.