Streptocarpus 'Katie' (PBR)

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Buy Streptocarpus 'Katie' (PBR) cape primrose: A strong and colourful cape primrose

  • 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 over-wintered indoors, or in a shaded greenhouse)

    Each of the flaring flowers of this robust cultivar are pencilled with a rich, deep purple, but the three lower lobes are also suffused with purple, so they create a distinctive two-tone effect. Appearing over many months from spring to autumn, each stem can hold up to eight flowers, so it puts on a great display.

  • 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.

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