streptocarpus / streptocarpus
It belongs to the family of Gesneria. Homeland - South America.
General description : Streptokarpus is a decorative flowering plant resembling gloxinia.
The only indoor cultivated species is Streptocarpus hybrida (Streptocarpus hybrid). He owns a rosette of coarse, belt-like sessile leaves, or a single leaf with a purple-purple underside. Funnel-shaped flowers, up to 5 cm in diameter, of snow-white, scarlet, purple or pink color with distinct veins in the throat. It blooms all summer.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Streptocarpus:
Illumination : Light-loving, shading is needed only in the summer afternoon.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter. The soil should always be wet. Does not love in any way overflowing, nor drying up of the earth. Water with warm soft water.
Humidity : Loves high humidity, but does not like spraying. It is better to spray the atmosphere around the plant and arrange containers with water.
Temperature condition : In the summer up to 25 ° C. in winter 13-15 ° С, minimum 12 ° С.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: 2 elements of leafy ground, 1 share of sod, 2 elements of humus and 1 share of sand.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time in two weeks fertilizer for flowering plants.
Cultivation : Seeds and crushing during transplantation.
Transplant : In spring, young plants annually, mature once every couple or three years. The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.
Pests : Affected by spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are woven over the web), thrips (grayish dots appear on the leaves), aphids (sticky secretions form on the tips of the shoots, buds).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
streptocarpus - streptocarpus