Flowering is initiated by the intensity of light and Cape Primroses can flower 10 months out of the year in natural light on a north or east-facing window. They also make great plants for light gardens and tend to bloom well under those conditions.
Attracts useful insects Insects such as long-tongued flies, butterflies, probably long-tongued moths and bees.
Streptocarpus seeds are extremely fine and should be sown thinly on top of a moist, humusy growing medium, as they need light to germinate. If a temperature of 70 to 75 degrees is maintained, the seeds should sprout in two to four weeks.
Like African violets, they have a shallow root system, so do not need an especially deep pot, but they like to have room to spread their roots throughout the top of the growing medium. When repotting a mature plant, be careful not to destroy too Read more
Ends of leaves die back in autumn or winter. This is a natural condition. Simply trim them off. Leaves wilting can be due to under-watering in which case water the plant, or over-watering in which case allow it to dry out.
Propagation is usually either by seed or leaf cuttings. Some species produce plantlets from the roots, which can be used to propagate the plant. Mature clumps of plants can also be divided up and repotted. Streptocarpus species seed that has been self-pollinated will grow true Read more
Streptocarpus have a small, shallow root system and are best grown in small pots (15cm or less). They need good drainage so use a special African violet potting mix or have a go at making your own.
Streptocarpus 'Crystal Ice' PBR: Produces white flowers with blue veining all year round.
A flowering-favourite that's been in homes for over 150 years - Streptocarpus. It's non toxic and can bloom for up to six months in the correct environment!
The key to growing streptocarpus is to find a bright window sill away from direct sunlight, and avoid over-watering. Streptocarpus are native to wooded mountain areas, so thrive in dappled shade and free-draining soils.
The combination of high light levels and temperatures in the summer can cause the leaf cells to scorch. Fertilizer: Streptocarpus are light feeders and high salt levels will damage roots, so keep the EC
SUCCESS WITH STREPTOCARPUS In a greenhouse or conservatory you will need to shade most of the time during summer, just enough to keep the full sun from scorching the plants. Summer watering can be twice a day on very hot days but if in doubt Read more
Use a fertilizer with a balanced formula (10-10-10 or 20-20-20) mixed at ¼ to ½ the usual strength. Strep roots burn easily from too much fertilizer, so it is prudent to underfeed rather than overfeed. Rule No. 4: Your plant is potted in a peat Read more
Water: The soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. Streptocarpus is susceptible to root rot. Because of their delicate leaves, consider watering from the bottom (wick watering), but never let the plant sit in water. Let the soil become rather dry between waterings.
Should I water streptocarpus from above or below? A. It doesn't matter! If you do decide to water from below, just be careful that you don't leave the plant sitting in water longer than necessary.
They are susceptible to the same pests as are violets–mites, thrips, and the like. Mealy bug is the most likely problem but, from our experience, they are less likely to attract mite and thrip.
As the name suggests they originate from South Africa and their natural habitat is an easy environment to replicate indoors. Streptocarpus are happy in normal room temperatures, although they might suffer in overheated rooms during winter and they hate bright sunlight in summer.
Maidenhair Ferns or Adiantum are an excellent pet-friendly option for both beauty & delicacy. A flowering-favourite that's been in homes for over 150 years - Streptocarpus. It's non toxic and can bloom for up to six months in the correct environment!
There are over 3,200 species growing in the wild. Just like its African violet cousin, streptocarpus thrives in artificial light, especially fluorescent lighting. It can survive freezing temperatures in winter but prefers a minimum temperature of 7 to 10 degrees Celsius.
General care Always deadhead as this encourages more flower production. Sometimes the ends of the leaves go yellow at the end of autumn; this is normal as the plant is conserving energy for the winter. Just cut off the yellow portion.
These small black flies are about 1/10th inch (2mm) in length. They run about on the surface of the compost, and when disturbed fly off. The slender larvae are white with black heads; they may feed on root hairs and kill young plants and reduce Read more
Streptocarpus are available in a range of colours and flower all summer. They will flower from late spring to well into autumn with only the minimum of care.
Leaves wilting can be due to under-watering in which case water the plant, or over-watering in which case allow it to dry out. Wilting leaves can also be caused by vine weevil or root mealybug.
Always cut off dead flowers. Excessive or incorrect feed and poor light make the plants produce very large leaves and few flowers. It is quite natural as plants age for the old leaves to die back, and the ends should be trimmed off, especially in Read more
Streptocarpus have a small, shallow root system and are best grown in small pots (15cm or less). They need good drainage so use a special African violet potting mix or have a go at making your own. Start with a premium quality potting mix and Read more
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SUCCESS WITH STREPTOCARPUS If your plants are in the house, the best place to keep them is on an east to west windowsill - if this cannot be done, shade during full sun. In a greenhouse or conservatory you will need to shade most of Read more
For example,cape primrose is part of the Gesneriaceae family and isn't poisonous to dogs, cats or horses. This showy perennial plant is also called Bavarian Belle, False African Violet and Twisted Fruit. Its scientific name is Streptocarpus.
Under-watering symptoms include wilting leaves, a loss of flowers, stunted growth, and possible death. These issues are commonly due to forgetfulness or too much heat/sunlight.
Leaves may develop areas of brown or dead tissue leaf scorch due to too much exposure to sun. Leaves wilting can be due to under-watering in which case water the plant, or over-watering in which case allow it to dry out. Wilting leaves can also Read more
Cut back the entire plant to a height of several inches after it finishes flowering in autumn if leggy or scraggly. After severe pruning, the cape primrose stops growing for several months. During this period, limit irrigation and avoid fertilizing.
On your return you should find them all wilted and dry, they will then require a drink, not a lot, you may have to give them a drink for 2 or 3 days but they should come back to life within a week.
Potting Tips Streptocarpus have a small, shallow root system and are best grown in small pots (15cm or less). They need good drainage so use a special African violet potting mix or have a go at making your own.
Streptocarpus (meaning twisted fruit) is a genus of herbaceous plants that was first brought to England from Southern Africa by Kew plant collector James Bowie in 1818 – a large blue-flowered plant S. rexii which first flowered at Kew Gardens in 1827.
A popular house plant, Streptocarpus, ("twisted fruit" from Greek στρεπτός (streptos) "twisted" and καρπός (carpos) "fruit") is an Afrotropical genus of flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae (the gesneriads).
If the weather is warm enough streptocarpus plants will thrive outdoors. During the summer find a sheltered location with temperatures above 12℃ (54℉) and they will do well.
Too much water will kill a streptocarpus. Outdoors, grow streptocarpus as a shade plant or in a spot that gets some morning sun and shade in the afternoon. Avoid too much sun, otherwise the leaves can get sunburned and look unsightly. Water when the soil Read more
Place the Streptocarpus on a humidity/pebble tray, keeping the reservoir topped up with water while the heaters are operating. Never mist the flowers due to the high risk of developing Botrytis.
The key to growing good Streptocarpus is to provide adequate moisture balanced with adequate drainage. No doubt like African violets, the most common problems besetting these lovely plants have to do with watering—usually too much of it. They should never be allowed to sit in Read more
Streps will go much longer without repotting, but will be healthiest, and perform and bloom best when repotting is done in a regular, timely, manner. Gesneriads are “survivors”–they will do their best to live under even the worst of conditions, and streps are better at Read more