Not a Hoya but a close cousin. This plant amazes me every year. I bought it thinking it would be in the ground by now in my proposed Perfumed Garden I'm building ( thank to Spanish planning its neither built nor is this beauty planted.:)) ) and every year I cut it back to the base in its pot because it looks tired, then it grows like wildfire, and rewards me with these beautiful scented flowers. Just thought Id share it, shame I cant share the scent...:)) Cant wait to get it planted out and let it rip.!
Name: Carol Noel Hawaii (near Hilo) It's all about choices.
Hey Dom...love the photo of your puppy....
So glad you posted the Stephanotis. Here it is called the Hawaiian Wedding Flower because it is used in lei and bouquets for weddings. I planted one by a tree hoping to see the flowers...7 years ago. It is 40' up there blooming away and all I see are the seedpods when they float by. I did plant one on a lattice by the garage and now the whole area is awash in the perfume!!!! I just love it!!!!
So the key to these plants is heat and humidity then. I have some seeds that I've been tempted to try to germinate, but I've also never had any luck with the plant. So they sit. How long are the seeds viable for?
I had a stephanotis on a trellis outside my house in Hawaii. The scent is just heavenly. I read on another forum about some who have been able to grow it indoors year-round. I've got to give it a try as soon as I can get my hands on one !
Yours is lovely Dominic..
Ha, Christine.....I have 3 cats, you got the desciption right..:))
Yup, Lima certainly has packed some weight on since she arrived.nicely so...She was all skin and bone with a very prominent rib cage..cant see it now.:))
Dom: Love that Stephanotis! I have one in a container on a trellis ... it's grown a lot since I bought it a few years ago but has yet to bloom. I think it was Carol who told me over on DG a year or so ago that I should move it to more sun to get blooms. It got moved outside when we had our pool refinished two years ago but was in a location of total shade. One of these days I will move it to full sun in hopes of experiencing some of those gorgeous, fragrant blooms! What do you feed your plant? I'm so lazy when it comes to fertilizing my plants ...
Lima is looking good! I know from reading your story of when you first took her in, she has found her home, her family ... she is now a happy girl with a family that loves and cares for her, she is a beautiful girl!
Christine: I love that saying ... and it's so true, cats do have attitude, and us humans as their staff, at least that's always been the way in this household. We are down to only one cat in the family now (from five) and I hope to adopt a dog before the year is out. I have cat magnets on my refrigerator, one of them reads:
"Dogs come when they are called ... Cats take a message and get back to you!"
Here's a current picture of my Stephanotis plant ... would love some hints as to what type of fertilizer might give it a jolt into blooming phase (along with some sun of course!)
It gets a bit of fertilizer thrown at it from time to time, but it kinda gets forgotten about when not in flower. Yes, Carols right, this gets full sun all day and blooms like you can see. Ive seen it grown up a wall here and spread out, and it looked a bit sparse like that. I think it likes to be grown over a pergola or something so it stays all wound together to really show it off