The Q&A Archives: Overwintering Streptocarpella Blue

Question: I just bought a streptocarpella blue and have it hanging outside for the summer. Can I take it in to winter indoors and if so, what is the best way to handle it? Prune it back?, etc. Barb Harris Minneapolis, MN

Answer: The streptocarpella is a member of the gesneriad family, which makes it a relative of lipstick plants, gloxinias and streptocarpus. It likes more sun than its relatives, however. They all are primarily grown as houseplants, so your plant should do wellindoors for the winter. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. You can cut it back slightly if you wish, but it will perform well as a foliage plant during the winter.

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