This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
How seldom do we see this beautiful stove climber in cultivation. The waxy white flowers are well adapted for cut flower work. Not only beautiful in itself but associated with other flowers it is very attractive. The culture of this old plant is very easy if a few particular points be observed. Being a native of Madagascar it at all seasons requires a warm temperature, and during the time: it is making its growth, abundance of water, not only at the roots, but if possible the atmosphere of the house in which it is growing should be kept well saturated with moisture.
The soil in which it succeeds best is equal parts loam and peat, or leaf-mould, with a good sprinkling of thoroughly decomposed manure; add sufficient sand to insure sufficient porosity. Perfect drainage is indispensable, and in this particular there are more failures than in anything else, for it is impossible to keep a plant of Stephanotis in health with imperfect drainage.
It is suitable as a permanent climber in a greenhouse, and looks well trained on either a balloon or flat trellis; only considerable care is necessary to train properly when growing fast, as the shoots soon get entangled when not attended to in time.
Mealy bugs will find a home on this plant quicker than on any other, and strict vigilance is required to keep the pest off. Should the plant ever get very badly infested with this pest, cut the shoots well back and thoroughly clean; it endures severe pruning well, but should be done after flowering and ripening of the young wood. Several months rest is then beneficial for insuring abundance of growth and blossom afterwards.