Streptocarpus

Posted by Hannah Brand on Apr 4th 2021

April 5th, 2021

Streptocarpus

🌿Hey plant friends! 🌿

This week we are talking about Streptocarpus. Belonging to the Gesneriaceae plant family, just like African Violets, this plant is native to central, eastern and southern Africa, including Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. Known for its beautiful flowers that look just like lady slippers, this plant is a showstopper. Streptocarpus are closely related to African Violets and grow under similar conditions indoors. This plant has a wide range of bloom colors, from pink to blues to yellows and even purple.

Streptocarpus like dappled sunlight in your home. Direct sun will burn the foliage. When it comes to watering these plants can be a bit picky. Bottom watering is best to prevent moisture on the leaves which can cause discoloration and fungal infections such as powdery mildew. It is best to let this plant dry between watering. Something to keep in mind is that Streptocarpus don’t like intense heat. Make sure to have ample airflow wherever you house this plant. Fertilize regularly during its growing season to encourage blooms. We suggest a liquid African Violet fertilizer.

We are currently growing Streptocarpus at the greenhouse in 6” pots. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us at hello@tonkadale.com.

Happy planting!