Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:01
About 18 months ago I realised our two Stephanotis house plants which originally had beautiful white flowers on them, were suffering badly. They had been out of full sun (as recommended on the label) but in the relative shade of our hall. I hadn't noticed that the occasional yellowing of a leaf or two had become more frequent until they both started quickly dropping almost all of their leaves. I set to, repotting both in fresh compost, in bigger pots with extra feed added and then moved them into our lounge to a side windowsill facing west where there were no draughts and there was more light but no direct sun - at least until mid afternoon to evening
when the rays were slanting at a less fierce angle. Unfortunately, in spite of the belated first aid and TLC, one plant died after it lost its last remaining leaves. The other, however, after losing all but one leaf, began to thrive and I was thrilled when I noticed this regrowth in July (2013).
This was all the more important to me because they had been chosen and lovingly cared for by my wife who absolutely adored her plants and garden but had been unable to keep up her activities as she became more ill. I knew the plants were there - but it was like I had seen them yet just not noticed them during the awful months after losing her. I was overjoyed when this year the successful plant rewarded me with loads of regrowth and half a dozen or so lovely white scented flowers - the latter sadly now finished.
Unfortunately the new growth has been impossible to properly retrain around the frame without risking snapping it off. I am wondering, however, whether it is possible to take cuttings, and if so, how to propagate them? I would then then be able to start it off again in the other pot. This would not only enable me to tidy up the plant in the photo and maybe retrain it round its frame (it is supposed to grow round and round itself again I think) but would also help me feel I had somehow redeemed myself for having let the two plants get so poorly in the first place that I losth one of them. Is there anyone out there who has some experience of Stephanotis house plants who could advise me? It would mean quite a lot if I could, as it were 'recover' the lost plant.