Stephanotis, What's With the Seed Pods?

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Stephanotis

A relative to the Jasmine flower, the Stephanotis is the fragrant and waxy petaled flower often found in wedding arrangements. It was nicknamed Bridal Veil , I guess for that reason. But many others know of it as, Madagascar Jasmine. I love this plant for it's abundant summer flowers and the fragrance is out of this world. I have been very fortunate that this plant has thrown out many seed pods over the last couple years. When the pod matures and splits open, it has many many seeds that have a  silky plume of white hairs, attached to one end for allowing those seeds to spread by the wind. 

I have planted those seeds but to date I wasn't having much luck. I wondered what would happen if I soaked the seed in water, if they would germinate. Germinate they did.

 

Stephanotis

Yesterday I planted abut 50 seedlings that I had soaked in a glass of water for about 2 weeks.  I had to dig this one up, to take this photo. No worries, it is safely back in the planter where I expect it to grow into a healthy plant.


Stephanotis Seedling

This year I have 5 pods, one that has opened and four others, even this double one below. If I am successful I expect to have a lot of these plants to give away. When one of these actually grows enough to consider it stable, I will update this post or perhaps write a new one. These plants are a vine and as such have to build a strong network of roots and woody like stem before the plant will mature enough bloom. And I have no idea how big enough they need to get before transplanting. But I will deal with that issue when I see them come up. I am really happy that it finally looks like I am going to have some plants from these seed pods. 

Stephanotis Seed Pods

But for now, I will just remain optimistic about these germinations and that they actually taking hold. 

 

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William Johnson
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Hi Mary, I have never tried to use cut but I suppose if they are wired , it would stand up for arrangements. One of my hobbies used to do custom arrangments for my clients as a closing gift. It got so that they became almost a trademark. When I started to get requests though, I decided I couldn't do them anymore. But I still do them once in while. Great therapy for stress. Now that I have my camera , I will do some photos the next time.

 

September 16, 2010 07:15 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
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It sounds like a great flowering fragrant plant to have, but I haven't ever heard of them with either name...beautiful photos!

September 16, 2010 09:25 PM
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Hi Evelyn,

Look them up on the internet. You will see them mostly used in Bridal Bouquets mostly but they are  both marvelous looking and smelling flowers.

September 16, 2010 09:46 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi
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What an interesting and unusual flower - I have never seen that before! Thanks for sharing!

September 22, 2010 02:24 PM
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Hi Barbara Jo, I would bet you have , perhaps you have never seen it quite like I am showing it. Look up "bridal veil" on the internet and you will see it used on bridal flowers bouquets. It might then look more familar. It is usally shown accompanying Ivy where they lace these together over the long trailing Ivy.

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