A blooming good indoor plant

Streptocarpus… in the appropriate spot, it could possibly flower nearly all yr spherical with little or no care. Photograph: Jackie Warburton

It’s all about leaves, snow peas, strawflowers and an indoor plant that may flower nearly all yr spherical with little or no care. It’s all in JACKIE WARBURTON’s gardening column this week. 

CAPE Primrose or Nodding Violet (Streptocarpus) may be an irresistible indoor plant to develop ready of brilliant, oblique daylight.

Jackie Warburton.

A member of the Gesneriad household, Streptocarpus has the showiest flowers that bloom for months.

Botanically, it’s neither a primrose nor a violet. Streptocarpus is a little bit harder than violets and an awesome plant for novice growers. 

It may be fussy about its watering necessities, preferring tepid wick watering or watering with a saucer when wanted.

In the appropriate spot, it could possibly flower nearly all yr spherical with little or no care. 

Different widespread vegetation on this household to develop are African Violets and Sinningias. All take pleasure in the identical circumstances if rising indoors. 

Gesneriads are from the tropics and like the temperature to be round 16C-24C to develop nicely. 

Overwatering encourages pest and illness points equivalent to aphids, whitefly and mealy bugs, that are tough to eliminate. 

All Gesneriads want fertilising repeatedly to encourage continuous flowering. 

Sinningias have tubers and have to be planted pleased with the potting media to develop efficiently. The putting brilliant orange flowers towards the textured foliage make it an attention-grabbing plant on a windowsill. 

A Sinningia hybrid, Gloxinia, can be a simple plant to attempt. It has velvety leaves and bell-shaped flowers that are available in many colors equivalent to white, pink, reds and blues. 

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It is similar to African Violets and, as a tuberous plant, will regrow from the underground tuber after flowering. 

It may be discarded as an annual or potted up right into a recent new potting combine and prepared for the subsequent season. All of those species want a potting media particular for African Violets. Nevertheless, peculiar potting combine can be utilized with some perlite and lime added to get a pH of 6.5-6.8. 

ALL fallen autumn leaves ought to be faraway from the tops of hedges and paths. 

Leaf mould is gold within the compost world and if there’s open house within the backyard beds, unfold leaves round and sprinkle pelletised manure or blood and bone on high and water in. 

Hopefully, this may deter rats and rabbits within the backyard and likewise get the soil prepared for winter and spring planting. 

The bigger the leaves, the longer they take to interrupt down. If the layer is just too thick, it might want periodic turning by means of winter. Mowing over the leaves beforehand accelerates decomposition. 

IF snow peas had been planted late summer season or early autumn, they need to be coming into flower quickly and able to pod. 

Hold the frost away from the flowers and calmly cowl with material if wanted. With sufficient solar and moisture, the extra you decide, the extra they develop.

Small native strawflowers are an awesome, long-lasting flower within the winter backyard or for a dried association or a vase for the home. Photograph: Jackie Warburton

SMALL, native strawflowers are placing on a present in my backyard in the mean time. They haven’t had any further water and are doing amazingly nicely with progress and flowering. 

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They’re an awesome, long-lasting flower within the winter backyard or for a dried association or a vase for the home. 

Bracteantha bracteata “Mohave Orange” grows low as a spreading groundcover and loves full solar and neglect. Its vibrant, eternal strawflowers develop nicely in a sheltered house with safety from the winds. 

For a species discovered within the ACT, NSW and Victoria, there’s Xerochysum viscosum with beautiful buttery yellow flowers.

Table of Contents


  • Liquid feed all leafy greens to maintain them rising quick.
  • Ultimate pruning of evergreen hedges earlier than the large frosts arrive.
  • Sow peas and broad beans in a heat spot.
  • Final probability to transplant garlic, onions, spinach and lettuce.

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Ian Meikle, editor