African Violet Order

Gardening

5/1/2021 – Mary placed an order with The Violet Barn for the following. All text and images below are from their web site.


Episcia

La Solidad Bronze

Often referred to as “flame violets” or “chocolate soldier plant”, these gesneriads have the family’s most beautiful foliage.  All grow quickly and easily.  Since they readily produce stolons, they can be grown as basket plants as easily as potted plants for the table top or windowsill.Care is same as for African violets, though extra warmth and humidity are appreciated, making them very suitable for terrarium culture (though not required).  Easily grown under artificial or natural light, most are ready bloomers when stolon growth is controlled.  Visit our “plant care” pages to learn more about repotting and grooming episcias.

La Solidad Bronze (Episcia)

Smaller, soft, dark, bronze-green leaves with dotted center lime-green to white stripe.  Orange-red blooms.  Easy grower.


Streptocarpus

These gesneriads will bloom heavily year-round, and are quite spectacular.  Very easy to grow and bloom, and are great for windows.  Trumpet-shaped blooms with flat faces are borne over strap-like leaves.  Many visitors to our shop will mistake them for orchids!  Unlike violets, each leaf will produce 8-10 or more bloom stalks, sequentially, so that plants tend to stay in heavy bloom for long periods of time.  Culture and care is the same as for violets. If you are going to grow just one other blooming houseplant besides African violets, we would highly recommend trying Streptocarpus.  They are extremely easy to grow and almost constantly rewarding. Photo at left submitted by Holly VanVoorhis of streps in her kitchen window.

Most varieties grow best in 5″ when mature, perhaps a 6″ pot if very large.  “Compact” varieties can be kept in a 3 or 4″ pot, and “small” and miniature varieties in a 3″ pot or smaller. The exact size of the plant can be controlled by the grower–if leaves become too long just trim with scissors!Pot into 3″ pot at first bloom.  Visit our “plant care” pages for more information on repotting and propagating streptocarpus.

Bristol’s Red Rooster (Streptocarpus)

Red Rooster

Sdbl. deep, velvety-red blooms held in clusters high above medium green foliage.  A prolific bloomer that can make a spectacular display when mature.

LE Violetta  (Streptocarpus)

LE Violetta

Spectacular, large, very dark purple, slightly fringed, blooms with large, bright white throat.  Larger grower.

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