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Streptocarpus 'Falling Stars' & ceramic pot cover
cape primrose in a ceramic gift pot
- available to order from spring
- 11cm ceramic pot
- Standard £5.95
- 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: February to November
- Hardiness: tender (will need to be over-wintered indoors, or in a shaded greenhouse)
One of the most free-flowering forms, this cape primrose will usually start to produce its gorgeous flower sprays earlier than most, so it's not unusual for them to first appear in late winter. Then, in the right conditions, they will often put on a non-stop display of dainty, sky-blue flowers until November. It comes supplied in a white glazed ceramic pot, which offers an immediate and attractive way to display it in your home.
- 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.