How to Grow Streptocarpus

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Streptocarpus plants, also known as Cape Primroses, originate in coastal South Africa, so they prefer partial shade and plenty of moisture. Keep pruning streptocarpus plants to encourage new blossoms with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing plants.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow Streptocarpus or the Cape Primrose and again, it's from South Africa which is my favorite place on the planet for plants and as long as you recreate the same type of conditions, it'll grow great in your yard as well. Now the Cape Primrose is from the Cape of South Africa. So they've got the warm Indian Ocean heading the cold Atlantic Ocean so it's very stormy, very windy, very much of a coastal climate. So they don't like hot, desert, type conditions. They do really well in part shade or shade, in warm, underneath warm deciduous type trees. Now Primroses will keep growing more foliage from the middle just like an African Violet will and I have the same theory as African Violets; by cutting out the bottom leaves, you're giving more energy to the center and a lot of times that'll trick more blooms out of your plants. And it's getting towards fall, they bloom, then they're just, kind of not doing that well. So again, if there is any brown on my plants I chop it out to give more energy to the green plants and create more foliage. And Primroses and other plants love to be trimmed. The more you trim them, the more they grow. What I've learn though is you don't want to put them in full hot hot sun unless you live right on the beach where it's never that hot. They like lots of moisture and they like the humidity of the evening; so you want to water them regularly and never let them dry out too much. Cape Primrose or Streptocarpus love to be under my Japanese Maples or they love to be anywhere where they can be in warm shade. They don't like deep fur tree type forest; they like to be somewhere where they still get some air coming through and a little bit of heat or little bit of sun. But as long as you follow those rules; keep them wet but never dry; so it's a fine line there and trim out the dead leaves as needed; they will grow for you and live for many years. If you live in a colder climates where it freezes really hard, you probably going to lose them over the winter; so you can treat them as a house plant. They do really well on a window sill just like an African Violet. And you want to make sure and keep them moist; but never sitting in water. So when you water them really let them drain out in between. So they do great in containers or the ground and they're a perfect garden plant.


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