The Q&A Archives: Identification And Care Of Streptocarpus

Question: We recieved a plant identified as streptocorpus, it has small purple blooms and fuzzy leaves. The blooms resemble small violets. This came in a hanging basket from the florist, and is now devoping brown spots on the leaves. Any help you can give us on the care of this plant would be greatly appreciated. The florist said that they did not know what the exact requirements for care were. They had never had one of these before.

Answer: I love when this happens....this evening I was leafing through one of the many gardening magazines I have and guess what? There was a little blurb about Streptocarpus. Here is the skinny: Streptocarpus is known commonly as "Constant Nymph". When growing conditions are satisfactory a succession of blooms appear above the rosette of leaves throughout the summer. It needs a shallow pot, moist air, and an area free from drafts and cold air. Remove spent blooms. Keep the plant in average warmth, minimum 55F in winter. A brightly lit spot away from direct sun is best. Water freely, then leave alone until the soil feels dry, reduce watering in winter. Fertilize regularly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer (such as Schultz's) during the months of March through August. Repot every year in the spring.

Now, call the florist and show off!

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