This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
With this species we have enumerated some of the best stove climbers that can be grown, but none are more admired than the Stephanotis, and it deserves attention wherever there is room for it. Pot plants are nothing compared with a good climbing specimen,yielding flowers in abundance both large and fine. Goood loam and peat in equal quantities, and plenty of sand, make the proper compost for it. A bottom-heat from 75° to 80° is high enough, good drainage is essential, and plenty of water at the root during the growing season, but not much in Winter. The shoots will grow to an enormous length if allowed, and as it breaks freely there is never any difficulty in keeping the wires furnished from top to bottom. To keep the shoots clean and free from mealy bug, its worst enemy, not more than two or three should be trained to one wire, and the wires should be five inches or six inches apart, and within eight inches of the glass. The only way to keep down a mealy bug is by vigorous syringing, so as to never let it obtain a peaceable footing, and attention with the brush to prevent the enemy clustering in about the axils of the leaves.
In a stove the flowers continue to be produced for a period of six weeks or two months, but by having a plant in an intermediate-house also the blooming season may be prolonged considerably, None of the species here treated of require shade in summer provided the ventilation be sufficient; but when the stove has to be shaded for the sake of its other inmates, the climbers will suffer no injury if the shading be not too thick nor used oftener than required. - Field.