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Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Black Bird'

cape primrose

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Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Black Bird'

cape primrose

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  • 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: April to October
  • Hardiness: tender (will need to be overwintered indoors, or in a shaded greenhouse)

    Forming huge heads of large, gently ruffled flowers above the rosette of corrugated foliage, this cape primrose will offer months of colour to your home. The deep purple blooms are dramatic and eye-catching, and when teamed with other Streptocarpus, they will add depth to the collection.

  • Home care: Throughout the growing season, keep them quite well watered, but as they are sensitive to overwatering, allow the compost to get a little dry in between; during this time they should also be fed with a high potash fertiliser. Remove spent flowers as they fade and trim back any old leaves that are past their best. Overwinter on a south or west-facing windowsill and water 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.