Fragrant result --Stenphanotis
I have this plant for 6-7 years, maybe longer. I even can't clearly remember how long I have it, in a short, I had it for long, long time growing from seed. It is gettting bigger every year, I trim it down before winter. Every year I hope it flowers but it never did.
I have searched this forum and found out that I am not alone. There are a lot of frustrated "parents" out there waiting for their " kids" to bloom. I even read someone posted thread saying that he had tried every methods he can think of, still no sign of flower; someone had the plant for over 10 years and still no sign of flower... "Frustration" is the correct word to describe the state of mind of the owners.
My Stenphanotis is more than 4' tall , half of my weight. Imaging drag it in and drag it out in spring and winter time, Oh, my back starts to hurt even just to think about it!. I am also running out of indoor space and am thinking ditch this dam tree for good. I just left it in the dinning room next window, barely water it. In hot days like we just had, the curtain is closed, no light for weeks. about 2-3weeks ago, I move it out of the house to give myself some space and put it in west side of the house. Guess what, this mornig I found these strange things . If I am not mistaken, these are the flower buds!!!! There are a lot of small one at base of each leaves.
Lesson learned, I have been baby my plants too much. The rough play, in this case, nearly abuse resulted in sweet fragrant and satisfaction!
We ordered 6 seeds from TM originally and 5 survived and grew into mature tree. I phoned the other 4 frustrated "parents" this morning to deliver light of hope. Everyone is thrilled.