Streptocarpus Houseplant: Identify and care
I am attaching 2 pictures to this post, and I was hoping you could help me identify this plant. I worked with a woman who had a plant like this, but the flowers on her plant were bright red. The leaves are fuzzy and grow downward making a nice hanging basket. I’d like to purchase one, but I don’t know the name of it. Thank you for your help.
Your plant is a Streptocarpus saxorum which is also called Primrose. A popular house plant, Streptocarpus, is a member of the Gesneriad family and is related to the African Violet. The flowers are five-petalled, and look almost like an orchid. These easy to grow flowering houseplants now come in many new colors and shapes like the hybrid below.
Here are some plant care tips for Streptocarpus houseplants.
Water: I recommend watering from the bottom when the soil is almost dry and the leaves are just about to droop. Use distilled water, filtered. or reverse osmosis water. Do not allow the plant to sit in water for more than 10 minutes.
Light: Indirect bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., no direct sun.
Feeding: Dilute the plant food to 1/4 the recommended strength and use every time you water. 20/10/20 is a good plant food for a Streptocarpus.
Soil: Use any commercial potting soil and add some perlite. You can also use African Violet soil. The soil should retain some moisture but drain quickly. Always have drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
Temperature: 65°F-80°F. In the winter, when the plant is resting, cooler temperatures are better.
Flowering: Streptocarpus flower from spring to autumn. In winter, they may stop flowering and lose leaves.