African Violet Relatives – Streptocarpus Cuttings

After the interest that we’ve had for our african violets at http://www.cloudviolets.co.uk we have started to grow a few other members of the Gesneriad family, including streptocarpus.

Streptocarpus - Crystal Beauty

Streptocarpus – Crystal Beauty

These attractive plants, also known as cape primroses, have a fantastic array of flower forms and colours and we just had to try few.

Along with seeds, we also tried a number of leaf cuttings in various ways to obtain some clones of those plants that we particularly liked (for instance Crystal Beauty) shown here.

We tried three types of cutting; using a single leaf, taking 1″ cross sections across the narrow section of a leaf and also dividing the leaf in half down the central spine. All three methods seemed to work more or less OK with the option of dividing the leaf in half and using these giving the most little plants.

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