What Temperature Does My Stephanotis Need?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 18, 20244 min read

  1. 68°F to 80°F indoors keeps Stephanotis thriving; lower to 50-60°F for dormancy.
  2. Outdoor Stephanotis prefers 60°F to 80°F, with protection from frost and direct sun.
  3. 🌡️ Avoid drafts and sudden temp changes; use thermostats and hygrometers for monitoring.

Dialing in the Perfect Temperature

🌿 Indoor Stephanotis Sanctuary

Stephanotis flourishes in consistent temperatures. Indoors, aim for a sweet spot between 68°F and 80°F (20°C to 27°C).

  • Monitor closely: Use a thermostat to ensure your Stephanotis doesn't sweat it out or shiver.
  • Avoid drafts: Position away from air vents and frequently opened doors.
  • Winter rest: When the blooming halts, dial it down to 50°F - 60°F (10°C - 16°C) for a dormant phase.

🌱 Outdoor Stephanotis Retreat

Outdoor Stephanotis basks in a range of 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C).

  • Seasonal savvy: Protect from frost; Stephanotis despises the cold shoulder.
  • Summer loving: Ensure it's not baking in direct sunlight.
  • Strategic placement: Find a spot that offers bright, indirect light and shelter from harsh elements.

Remember, Stephanotis is no fan of the extremes. Keep temperatures steady as a metronome for a happy vine.

Stephanotis plant in a pot on a wooden surface with green leaves and visible soil.

When Things Heat Up or Cool Down

🌡️ Too Hot to Handle

Stephanotis plants thrive in a comfortable temperature range, but when the mercury rises, they can suffer. Overheating can cause your Stephanotis to exhibit distress through symptoms such as wilting, leaf scorch, and a general appearance of being tired and washed out.

To cool down your overheated Stephanotis, move it away from direct sunlight to a shadier spot. Consider misting the leaves with water to provide immediate relief. If indoors, ensure the plant is not near heat sources like ovens or radiators.

❄️ Chilly Reception

Conversely, Stephanotis plants are not fans of the cold. Signs that your plant is too cold include dark, mushy spots on the leaves or a sudden drop in leaf count.

To warm up your chilly plant, relocate it to a room with stable, warmer temperatures. Avoid placing it near drafty windows or air conditioning vents. If necessary, use a space heater to gently raise the temperature, but keep it at a safe distance to avoid any risk of overheating.

Potted Stephanotis plant with broad, dark green leaves in an indoor office setting.

Troubleshooting Temperature Troubles

🌬️ Drafty Dilemmas

Drafts are the ninja warriors of temperature fluctuation, striking when least expected. Your Stephanotis might be basking in a cozy corner one moment and shivering the next, thanks to an open window or a door left ajar. Stability is key for these tropical beauties.

To combat these sneaky gusts, seal up the traitorous cracks with weather stripping or draft stoppers. Consider rearranging your furniture to create a natural barrier, or place your plant in a less trafficked area, away from the comings and goings that invite drafts.

🌡️ Sudden Shifts

Sudden temperature changes are like unexpected plot twists for your Stephanotis—exciting for novels, but stressful for plants. A blast of AC can be as jarring as a cold shower, and a heat wave might as well be a desert trek.

Keep your plant out of the line of fire from radiators, ovens, and air conditioners. If you catch your Stephanotis looking a bit peaky, relocate it to a more temperate zone in your home. Think of it as a witness protection program for your plant's well-being.

Remember, vigilance is the price of plant parenthood. Keep an eye on the thermostat and be ready to act like a plant superhero when temperatures go awry.

Stephanotis plant with healthy green leaves in a pot indoors.

A Quick Note on Humidity

🌡️ The Humidity-Temperature Tango

Humidity and temperature are like an old married couple in the world of plant care—they have to get along for the household (aka your Stephanotis) to thrive. Stephanotis plants are pretty chill with the average humidity levels found in most homes, but they won't say no to a bit more.

🏝️ Keeping the Balance

Too much humidity, and you're looking at a petri dish for diseases. Too little, and your plant's leaves might start to look like they've been through a desert. Aim for that sweet spot, around 50% humidity, to keep your Stephanotis from throwing a fit.

🕵️ Monitoring Made Easy

Don't trust your gut on this one—get a hygrometer. It's like a speedometer for moisture in the air, and it'll help you keep tabs on the humidity without breaking a sweat. Remember, warm air can hold more moisture, so as you manage the temperature for your Stephanotis, keep an eye on the humidity too.

🚨 Quick Tips

  • If you're using heaters or air conditioners, watch out; they can dry out the air like nobody's business.
  • A pebble tray or a humidifier can be your best friend if you need to bump up the humidity a notch.
  • Grouping plants can create a mini-jungle vibe, boosting humidity through shared transpiration—think of it as a plant huddle for warmth and moisture.

Achieve the ideal bloom 🌡️ for your Stephanotis by relying on Greg to remind you when to tweak temperatures and humidity, ensuring your plant thrives in its cozy spot.