Appreciation: Streptocarpella

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I'm surprised that I have not posted my Streptocarpella. In a thread from 2003 in which that name was mentioned (for a plant that was not that), Douglas Justice wrote "Streptocarpella is a name sometimes used for the fleshy, small leafed group of Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae -- the African violet family), exemplified by the beautiful Streptocarpus saxorum. In the currently accepted Streptocarpus classification, this group is given subgenus rank." I think that's still the case.

    Mine is a cutting from @Eric La Fountaine's plant in his office. Here was his in 2012.
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    I keep cutting mine back, or starting it over entirely, so it doesn't bloom all that often, but it's doing it now. These photos are from two weeks ago; it still looks pretty much the same now.
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  2. Larry Mroz

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    I love these plants - I had a small collection of Streptocarpus that I propagated from leaf cuttings and a big bushy Streptocarpella that lasted for years until I lost them all while away. Have you seen any Streptocarpella for sale recently? I haven't seen it available in years...
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I haven't been looking.
    I just cut mine back a month or so ago. :(
    Send me a message in a few months (start a conversation) and I can give you some cuttings.
     
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    Thanks Wendy - I'll do that - spring is just around the corner! :)
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Larry,
    My Streptocarpella looked like this a month ago, is a bit taller now. I could give you three or four cuttings 15-20cm long. Start a conversation with me if you're interested. I sent you a message a month ago, getting no reply, so I'm making one more attempt, in the thread.
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Well, I saw this plant at the Bloedel Conservatory yesterday. I think it's the same as what mine is, but I was pretty surprised by what a full dense plant this is. Mine is in a much smaller container, and though it's below a SW window, I think the conservatory light must seem brighter. I didn't look to see if this is several plants, but the cohesive arched profile makes me think it's just one plant.
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    Hi Wendy
    thanks very much for the messages! So sorry for not replying sooner - I was not checking messages this summer! This is indeed a gorgeous plant! I think you are right that it might be several cuttings in one pot.
     
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    Hi Wendy - I hope you had a great summer! If your cutting is still available I'd love a piece! I don't know what happened to the message you sent - I haven't been online for a while and couldn't see it - maybe it went to my junk folder.
     
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    Thanks Wendy for the cuttings! It was nice chatting with you. I'll post pics again once they bloom.
     

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