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  • Eventual height: 0.3m
  • Eventual spread: 0.4m

Streptocarpus 'Bethan'

cape primrose

RHS award of garden merit
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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)

    Hailed by the breeders (Dibleys Nurseries) as one of their favourites, 'Bethan' has both a lovely, neat habit and a very free-flowering nature. The flowers themselves are a soft purplish blue, with the lower lobes being veined with deeper purple. In the wild, most streptocarpus are found in woodland, rocky slopes and grassland in southern Africa, but here in the UK, they make excellent houseplants that have an incredibly long flowering period.

  • Home care: Througout 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.
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