How do you grow Streptocarpus?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 07 November 2014 01:51 pm

Streptocarpus plants require a brightly lit position away from draughts and radiators. They dislike direct sun as this will scorch the leaves and cause the flowers to fade. Maintain a minimum temperature of 7-10°C (45-50°F) during the winter months.

Allow the surface of the compost to dry out in between each watering and during the winter keep the plants a little dryer. Take care to avoid splashing the plant with water as this would scorch the leaves. Over feeding and poor light conditions can lead to the plants producing very large leaves at the expense of flower production. Feed the plants at every other watering with a liquid flower or tomato fertilizer diluted to a quarter of the recommended strength when the plants are in growth from spring until they stop flowering in autumn.

Remove faded flowers to encourage further flowering. It is natural for the tips of the leaves to turn brown and die back especially in winter. The brown area can be trimmed off with a pair of scissors.

The plants should be potted into a slightly larger pot each spring. Do not use one that is too large as they produce more flowers when the roots are restricted. Use a shallow pot that is about half the depth of a normal pot of the same diameter.

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