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Streptocarpus: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing and Caring for Cape Primrose

by Donna
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Streptocarpus: A Guide to Growing and Caring for Cape Primrose


Streptocarpus, also known as Cape primrose, are beautiful houseplants that are easy to grow and care for. They are native to South Africa and are prized for their lush green leaves and vibrant, primrose-like flowers.

Growing Conditions

Streptocarpus thrive in bright, indirect light, similar to what they would receive in their natural mountain habitats. They prefer warm temperatures and high humidity, so a bathroom or kitchen is an ideal location.


Water Streptocarpus regularly, allowing the top few centimeters of soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.


Feed Streptocarpus every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.


Repot Streptocarpus every spring into a slightly larger pot with fresh potting mix. Make sure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.


Streptocarpus can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings. Simply remove a healthy leaf from the plant and insert the stem into moist potting mix.


  • Wilting: Overwatering or underwatering. Adjust watering frequency accordingly.
  • Few flowers: Insufficient light. Move the plant to a brighter location.
  • Brown leaf tips: Underwatering. Water more frequently.
  • Grey mold: Remove affected leaves and treat with a fungicide.
  • Mealybugs: Remove affected leaves and spray with an organic insecticide.

Best Varieties

There are many beautiful Streptocarpus varieties to choose from, including:

  • Streptocarpus ‘Caitlin’: Pink flowers
  • Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’: Purple and yellow flowers
  • Streptocarpus ‘Denim’: Blue and indigo flowers
  • Streptocarpus ‘Hope’: Deep red flowers
  • Streptocarpus ‘Polka Dot Purple’: Purple and white flowers with unique markings

With proper care, Streptocarpus will thrive and provide you with years of beautiful blooms.

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