The house is decorated with flowering plants, the atmosphere is always warm and cozy. In search of suitable plants should pay attention to Streptocarpus. Without requiring complex care to themselves, these plant family Gesneriaceae delight their owners endless abundant flowering.
Palette of color flowers in Streptocarpus unusually wide: from various shades of red and pink, blue - to velvety purple, almost black. Streptocarpus varieties of modern plant breeding have two-and trÑ‘htonovuyu flower color, for example: Branwen, Bristol "s Blue Lemon, Bristol" s Hot Lips, Burgundy Ruffles, Texas Hot Chilly, Smooched.
Increasingly, there are varieties with double flowers Streptocarpus, crimped petals: Rosebud, Bristol "s Doo Wop, Bristol" s Showstopper, Double Scoop, Bristol "s Meow Meow. There are even fancy varieties Streptocarpus: Bristol" s Pajama Party, Bristol "s Party Girl, July Forth, Streaker.
Especially popular with the so-called textured coloring - as, for example, the varieties Streptocarpus: Bristol "s Moon Mist, Bristol" s Phaser Blast, Bristol "s Red Typhoon, Persian Carpet. Also there are varieties of Streptocarpus with speckled leaves, similar to bird feathers outlandish.
Depending on the variety, size of flowers in Streptocarpus ranges from small to very large (as in gloxinia). For example, the varieties Falling Stars, Gator "s Tail simultaneously dissolved tens and even hundreds of medium-sized flowers, creating the effect of clouds. And it does not look like them Streptocarpus varieties such as Cherry Pie, Moonlit Velvet, Marna, Christmas Morning, affecting the size of their flowers giants.
Profuse and continuous flowering Streptocarpus is because this plant out of the bosom of each leaf comes out to about ten stems, which, in turn, can carry a few flowers.
It is not surprising that until now there was little Streptocarpus common among fans of indoor flowering plants, as is the diversity of its unusually fine varieties appeared in the last 3-5 years. Powered by websites dedicated to this beautiful plant - lovers of beauty just a wave of collectibles Streptocarpus.
This is understandable because it is impossible to opt for a single copy with so many original varieties. To date, there are several hundred varieties of Streptocarpus, and every year their number is growing. Now strepsy rapidly gaining momentum in the popularity rating flowering plants, becoming the most fashionable flower.
Caring for Streptocarpus.
Watering should be moderate Streptocarpus - with wetting the soil may rot its root system. Short drying earthen coma will not bring harm to the plant - leaves that have lost elasticity, turgor recovered quickly after watering.
Lots of scattered light strepsam provide continuous bloom. Excellent results can be achieved also by artificial light, using special fitolampy. They can be used in the most remote corner of the window to create a mini-garden of flowering Streptocarpus.
The substrate for these plants should be as easy to provide sufficient aeration of the roots. Pot with a diameter of 9-11 cm is quite suitable for the cultivation of strepsov.
Since Streptocarpus grow rapidly and bloom profusely, they are very well respond to fertilization designed for flowering plants. Optimally suitable for their fertilizer Pokon; You can also use Kemira-Suite, Master.
Faded flower stalks Streptocarpus should be removed to prevent the formation of ovaries. Old leaves that have already stopped giving flower stalks, too, can be removed. It stimulates the growth of young leaves, and hence the bloom. In addition, the plant will look neat and well-groomed. Conduct transplant Streptocarpus is recommended every 9-12 months, combining it with the division of the sprawling bush.
Seed propagation Streptocarpus not safeguard grade. Vegetatively Streptocarpus very easily propagated by dividing the bush: eventually adult bush grows and divides, and it can simply be cut into pieces with the transplant. For the year from one bush Streptocarpus turns 4-5 delÑ‘nok. After dividing the bush new rooted plant begins to bloom soon.
Also practice multiplication Streptocarpus leaf fragments. Consider this technique in more detail, because it has a significant advantage - higher productivity: with fragment Streptocarpus sheet size 6-10 cm can be obtained 10 to 30 and more children.
As compared to senpoliy strepsa have a small number of leaves, then take it for a breeding sheet impractical; enough fragment of 6-10 cm. Few of the sheet Streptocarpus (1.5-3 cm) are also able to produce offspring, but the larger fragments of a greater chance of success. The sections of the sheet, in order to avoid podgnivaniya its edges, it is necessary to make a very sharp clean tools
Take a piece of sheet Streptocarpus, cut it lengthwise, cutting vein, and throw it (!). We get the two halves of the sheet with a lot of veins; each of the veins in a position to 1-2 kids. Bury part of the sheet to the substrate 6-10 mm. You can put part of the sheet Streptocarpus and "upright" (the midribs not cut), but then the number of children will be much less.
For successful breeding of Streptocarpus leaf fragments is very important to have quality, loose, breathable substrate. These properties are achieved by mixing equal parts of vermiculite and the upper (light tan) peat. The substrate should be moist, but not wet.
Sometimes, immediately after landing, a fragment of sheet Streptocarpus may lose turgor; it's not scary, then place it in teplichku. When a fragment of the sheet will roots (it takes about 2 weeks), its turgor restored. Babes Streptocarpus appear in planted fragment sheet through 1.5-2.5 months. Just a few weeks they need to grow up before separating them from the sheet.
Separate the kids from the parent sheet is already possible when the baby reaches a size of 1-2 cm, ie will be the size of a fingernail. In this case, the so-called "baby" Streptocarpus often consists of a single leaf with the roots, but it is already quite capable of living independently. These kids need to keep in teplichke 3-4 weeks. If detachable kids reached the size of 5 cm or more, under greenhouse conditions, they do not need.
It is very important to not fill Streptocarpus, their roots need a good breath. These plants suffer when soil compaction and lack of air to the roots, so loosening the top layer of the substrate affects favorably.