Categories: Indoor Plants

Growing Streptocarpus plants (Cape Primrose)



The Cape Primrose – Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus, is more commonly known as the Cape Primrose and is (rather surprisingly)  a relative of the African Violet (Saintpaulia). This fast-growing herbaceous perennial, native of South Africa, offers plenty of interest for much of the year. The orchid-like flowers of the Streptocarpus are available in a wide rainbow of colours. Varieties can be collected in pink, blue, red, purple and white.

I have found this plant to be generally trouble-free and easy to propagate with division or leaf cuttings. If you keep your Cape Primrose well fed (high potash feed), re-pot from time to time and remove any dead leaves and flower heads, it may flower for much of the year.

Warning: Growing Streptocarpus can become a bit of an obsession. You will want every flower shape and shade on the market!

Streptocarpus – Windowsill Magic

A striking mixture of purples, blues and pink veined throats. These new Cape Primrose F1 hybrids have been specially selected for their exotic long-lasting flowers in summer and early autumn. They are excellent subjects for a warm position indoors or for greenhouse or conservatory. When mature, the plants prefer neglect to coddling. Flowers four months from sowing. Sow in late winter or early spring in a heated greenhouse.

Streptocarpus – Dibley’s Dragon

A spectacular mixture. Dragon Mixed is a high-quality uniform mixture in a wide range of exciting and unique colours and patterns. Bred by Streptocarpus specialist and RHS Gold medal winners Dibley’s Nurseries. Sowing time: February to May. An ideal plant for any conservatory.

James Middleton

An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.

Published by
James Middleton
Tags: Colourful FlowersEasy grow flowersExoticHot House FlowersLong Flowering

Recent Posts

Orchids (Phalaenopsis): Care 5 Step Guide

Getting the most out of your Phalaenopis orchid plants. Orchid care: make your orchid bloom all year. Repotting and fertilizer…

12 months ago

Non-toxic plants for baby & pica friendly gardening

A long list of non-toxic plants to grow in your garden and on your windowsill. Keep your babies and children…

4 years ago

Weird & attractive vegetables to grow this year

An usual assortment of great tasting and nutritious vegetables that will also make great additions to the ornamental border as…

4 years ago

Grow your own – why bother? [An Exposé]

Improve you health and happiness levels by growing your own vegetables on your allotment plot this year.

4 years ago

Baking soda – Organic mildew treatment – courgettes, pumpkins & cucumbers

Get on top of that powdery mildew from your squashes with a simple and organic solution that you are bound…

5 years ago

Nettle feed – free organic fertiliser [how to guide]

You hate nettles, but love healthy vegetables and flowers. Right? While stinging nettles do so well, your beloved garden plants require…

5 years ago