Monday, August 5, 2013

The plant of the day (13) - Streptocarpus

This plant is also known as the Cape primrose and comes from South Africa. Many different hybrids have been bred, but the ones usually seen as indoor plants tend to be 'Constant Nymph' or 'John Innes' types. These have a rosette of coarse, primrose-like leaves arising directly from the base of the plant, from these, the flower stalks are produced, bearing single or multiple blooms in shades of purple, blue, mauve, red, pink, or white, The flowers may be followed by interesting, twisted seedpods, but these should be removed to promote to further flowering. S. Constant Nymph has pale blue -mauve flowers with darker lines in the throat and S. 'John  lnnes' hybrids have flowers ranging from pale pink to blue and purple.

Size : Height 1ft. (30cm), spread 18in ( 45cm )
Light : Indirect sunlight.
Temperature : Normal room.
Moisture : Allow to dry slightly between waterings.
Feeding :  Give half strength high potash liquid fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall.
Propagation : Take leaf cuttings, divide, or seed, in spring.
Special needs : Keep away from drafts and cold air, and increase humidity in high temperatures, by placing on a tray of moist pebbles.


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