- Position: partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil or fibre-based compost if grown indoors
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: usually throughout the year
- Hardiness: tender (will need to be over-wintered indoors, or in a shaded greenhouse)
Grown for their showy flowers, which come in a wide range of colours, these tender perennials make superb houseplants. They will flower from mid-spring to mid-autumn and tend to bloom more prolifically when slightly pot-bound. Mainly originating from woodland, rocky slopes and grassland in southern Africa, they require a frost-free position with filtered sun. Water regularly during the growing season, allowing the compost to get a little dry in-between, during this time they should also be fed with a high potash fertiliser. Overwinter in a shaded greenhouse, or indoors on an south or west-facing windowsill, watering less often. Repot each spring into a slightly larger, shallow pot filled with fibre based compost. They can also be used as summer bedding, grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade.
This Streptocarpus in a lovely white ceramic pot (11cm dia) makes an ideal gift.
- Streptocarpus Crystal Ice:The first ever continuously flowering streptocarpus. This is a very floriferous variety with medium sized small white flowers. The lower three lobes are covered with fine deep blue veins. The leaves are narrow lance shaped and form a very attractive rosette, making Crystal Ice an exceptionally beautiful plant. The height of a mature plant will be up to 30cms in height (12").