October 13, 2013

Streptocarpus species - October 26, 2013 meeting

The National Capital Area Chapter of The Gesneriad Society’s October meeting will feature a presentation by Bob and Dee Stewart on Streptocarpus species. If you missed their lecture at The Gesneriad Society’s Convention in July, this is a great opportunity to hear it.

Location: The Behnke Nurseries, 11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705 (on US-1, a couple of miles from I-495)
Time: Saturday October 26, 2013, 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30)
Speakers: Bob and Dee Stewart
Topic: Streptocarpus species

Photo: Streptocarpus cooksonii

There are over 150 species of Streptocarpus known so far. They range from plants small enough to bloom in a thimble to plants with a single leaf over two feet long. The genus Streptocarpus has provided many beautiful, floriferous plants for our enjoyment. These plants have even become popular with the casual house plant grower under the moniker "Cape Primroses". Focusing on species of Streptocarpus subgenus streptocarpus, this program will discuss their growth habit, culture and provide a glimpse at a number of the very desirable species.

Streptocarpus have a very unusual growth habit. Understanding how they grow will contribute to understanding how to grow them. This program will review what's unique about the way Streptocarpus species grow throughout their life-cycle. Given that background, we'll discuss how to grow these plants successfully, including how to grow them without pots - nature's way! Along the way, you'll see many of the species that make this genus so popular.