Cape Primrose – Streptocarpus spp. or S. X hybridus

Cape Primrose – Streptocarpus spp. or S. X hybridus

Common Name: Cape Primrose

Botanical Name: Streptocarpus spp. or S. X hybridus, strep-toe-KAR-pus

Decorative Life: 2-4 weeks.

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Harvest Instructions:

Spraying seedlings with gibberellins (4+7) when leaves were greater than one inch long increased the number of flowers per plant (Orvos et al., 1989).

Family Roots:
  • Member of the Gesneriaceae (gesneria family).
  • Native to Madagascar.
  • Two very common relatives are African Violet and gloxinia.
Personality:
  • Flowers tubular, spreading to trumpet-shaped, held above foliage.
  • Leaves fleshy, velvety.
Storage Specifics:

Chill sensitive, store above 55 degrees F.

Tidbits:
  • Streptocarpus: Greek for twisted-fruit.
  • Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include ‘Hera’ (maroon with white picotee) and ‘Sirius’ (purple with white picotee).
  • Unless the seed pods are wanted, remove them before they develop for a better looking plant and possibly more flower production.
  • Needs more light than most indoor plants.

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