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By Mariand


I am trying hard to grow Streptocarpus plants in Spain, I have them inside on a window sill so they get light but they look like they are struggling, I have had flowers but now they look like they arent growing and look sick I dont want to lose them so i need help in where to keep them and help them to grow and be healthy. Please help



Hello Mariand,

Streps need bright but indirect light so make sure they are on an east facing windowsill rather than a south facing one. If they are in a south window make sure they are shaded.
Growing season for Streps is from about March to October. At this time of year, in November, they are taking a bit of a rest. Cut back on the watering slightly and don't feed them until March. If the tips of the leaves turn a bit brown you can trim the ends off.
In March start to water the plants a bit more. In the growing season they like to be moist but not soggy. Let the pot dry out slightly before watering them and don't let the pots sit in water for any length of time. Fertilize with 1/4 strength balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 every time you water. Keep the plants slightly rootbound as they will produce more flowers in a smaller pot.

14 Nov, 2010


thanks Gilli that helps me also as I have just started rooting about 7 different strep leaves, so far rooting well but this is my first venture into these plants so all info gratefully received.

14 Nov, 2010


Good luck with your rooting project Bampy. They are such pretty plants. I have some seed that I'm planning on sowing this week. I love seeing those babies come up.

14 Nov, 2010


Thanks i will try that, if anyone wants any palm tree seeds they are all over the pavements here.

14 Nov, 2010


Thanks for the offer Mariand but I don't think I have room to grow a palm tree in my house. :o)

15 Nov, 2010


Mariand, if your part of Spain has alkaline and or saline water like we in Arizona do, you may want to water with purified water instead of tap wateer, also. I have found them to be very sensitive to water quality.

17 Nov, 2010

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