Streptocarpus Plants

what to do after the streptocarpus has bloomed/ Now what?

Zone woodbury Ct 06798 | ann.ulanov added on December 27, 2018 | Answered

it bloomed profusely and for months. now it has stopped. what to do now?

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Answered on December 28, 2018

Snip off the head of individual flowers as they fade. Deadheading prevents seeding and clears the way for fresh blossoms. When the final flower on a stem wilts, clip off the entire stem at ground level.
Snip off dead or broken stems at the base whenever you notice them. Remove dead and yellowing leaves; these are usually older leaves dying back.
Cut off a broken, torn or blemished section of a healthy leaf with kitchen scissors. Leave the healthy part on the flower stem.
Cut back the entire plant to a height of several inches after it finishes flowering in autumn if leggy or scraggly. After severe pruning, the cape primrose stops growing for several months. During this period, limit watering and avoid fertilizing.

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