Winter Care Of A Streptocarpus Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Burke, NY
Question by horsemom
September 28, 2000
I want to bring a large Streptacarpus plant into the house &
try & winter it. How is the plant best handled? Do I cut it back & let it rest, cut it back, but keep watering in a well lit room, or do I leave it alone in a dark cellar till early spring? HELP-I can't find anything on this plant!
Thanks


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Answer from NGA
September 28, 2000

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Here are general instructions for care of a streptocarpus: 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
during the months of March through August. Repot every year in the
spring.

Given the options you described, you might try to keep it in a cool (60 degrees) bright room, water it lightly and stop fertilizing while it slows down for the winter, then repot and resume feeding and more generous watering in the spring when it comes back into active growth. Good luck!

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