Streptocarpus Bethan and ceramic pot cover

  • 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: usually from spring to autumn
  • Hardiness: tender (will need to be over-wintered 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 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: They require a frost-free position with filtered sun. Water regularly during the growing season, allowing the compost to get a little dry in-between, during this time they should also be fed with a high potash fertiliser. Overwinter in a shaded greenhouse, or indoors on an south or west-facing windowsill, watering 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.

    This Streptocarpus in a lovely blue ceramic pot (11cm dia) makes an ideal gift.