Sunday, December 22, 2013

Non breakable leaves on Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus 'Myfanwy'

Story # 124, Part V,

            Many Streptocarpus with pretty flowers have long or wide leaves that break with handling.  Commercial crops are often sleeved for shipment and sometimes sold that way.  If the plant has long non-flexible leaves, they crack and break, leaving a mess.

            I don’t know of any Streptocarpus with flexible leaves but we have varieties with short leaves.  We could have wide leaves if they were short.

            Some of you are cringing.  Short and fat leaves with flowers coming out of the center sounds like we are trying to make it look like an African Violet.

            Trust me, Streptocarpus flowers on a compact plant will not be confused with a violet.

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