These plants are just irresistible!

Streptocarpus Harlequin Chelsea.
Streptocarpus Harlequin Chelsea.
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Try as I do to avoid growing lots of the same plant type, some of the new streptocarpus varieties have become too irresistible of late.

We tried Falling Stars, still a favourite, three years ago and now have added groups of 12 different cultivars. They’re so easily raised from leaf cuttings pressed into gritty sand, inside a portable, dome-topped propagating unit. No heat is required to root them and when cold nights arrive they’ll tick over nicely in a well-lit room indoors. Six cultivars bought as plugs from Dibley’s (www.dibleys.com) stand at Chelsea just over three months ago, are flowering strongly and already offering large leaves for propagation.

Streptocarpus Harlequin Damsel.

Streptocarpus Harlequin Damsel.

These are real stunners, mainly from the Harlequin series comprising Sapphire, Ruby, Damsel, Purple, Chelsea and Adele.

Best philosophy is to propagate while the material is available and think about where the plants are going afterwards!