April 5, 2022
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. In the wild this species can be found growing on shaded rocky hillsides. 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. Streptocarpus has a wide range of bloom colors, from pink to blues to yellows and even purple. We grow many different varieties here at the Greenhouse – hard to select just one.
Let’s talk about care. Streptocarpus like dappled sunlight in your home. Direct sun will burn the foliage. Watering these plants can be a bit tricky. Bottom watering is best to prevent moisture on the leaves which can cause discoloration and fungal infections such as powdery mildew. An easy way to water from below is to simply fill a bowl with water, set your plant inside, and allow to sit and soak for about an hour. Allow this plant dry between watering to where most of the soil had dried down before giving it a good soak again. Streptocarpus don’t like intense heat. Make sure to have ample airflow wherever you house this plant. Plant Streptocarpus in a loose, well-draining soil that is also rich. We suggest using the Espoma’s African Violet Mix. Fertilize regularly during the growing season to encourage blooms. We suggest Schultz African Violet Liquid Plant Food.
We are currently growing Streptocarpus at the greenhouse in 5” pots. Preview the colors or purchase in the online shop! If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us at email@example.com.