In a previous posting I mentioned that two
new plants had been added to the indoor plant
collection.These starts came from an online purchase
from 'The Violet Barn' which also sells them on Ebay
auctions. Going over Rob's website makes your eyes
grow big and round, and a gardener heart go pitty-pat.
(and no I am not affiliated)
For someone who is new to the whole African Violet
and Streptocarpus growing scene I was amazed at the
beauty and the varieties that can be found.
Since I am always looking for flowers to grow indoors
to hold me through the cold, dreary Winter until Spring
arrives these little beauties were just what I needed.
Also my house has no windows that catch direct sunlight
so I am always looking for flowers that will grow in indirect
lighting or just bright light.
I was very pleased with the size of the starter plants
and now they are awaiting new violet pots to be planted into.
Here are the two new Streptocarpus that arrived:
'Streptocarpus Roulette Red'
And 'Streptocarpus Ink Blot'
She is really prettier than this blurry picture shows it.
Detailed Plant Care Instructions ,which I always need plenty of,
is also provided at the Violet Barn website.
Simple instructions though are:
Lighting: Most gesneriads prefer bright light and can be
grown under florescent lights which will always keep
Watering: Use room temperature water, when the
soil surface feels dry to the touch.
Feeding: Regular fertilizing is needed for maximum
growth and bloom so feed with each watering.
Atmosphere: African violets and most other gesneriads
thrive in the same conditions in which people are comfortable
living in - not too hot or not too cold and 40 to 50 % humidity.
Soil: Use a light soil-less mix, consisting of 30 to 50%
vermiculite or perlite. Soil should be light and fluffy.
Potting: Fresh soil about every six months.
They need repotting when the root ball fills the pots
and then only in pots no bigger than a 1/2 inch larger
than the root ball.
Propagation: Use a light rooting medium. Violets can
be rooted from stem cuttings by cutting the leaf stem at 1/2
to 3/4 and pushed into lightly moistened mix.
For streptocarpus, remove the midrib from a leaf, then
firmly insert the two halves into media.Te leaves can be
protected by placing in a clear plastic bag or covered
container. Placed in moderate light.
Today is also Fertilizer Friday sponsored by Tootsie
from Tootsie Time so join us in ' Flaunting Your Flowers.'
Happy Gardening Everyone!