Plant Care Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose

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Cape Primrose has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Cape Primrose has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

False African violet, Cape Violet and Streptocarpella saxorum

Taxonomy

Streptocarpus saxorum
Streptocarpus
Gesneriaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Cape Primrose

💦 Water

How often to water your Cape Primrose

Water needs for Cape Primrose
0.5 cups
every 9

Cape Primrose needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cape Primrose

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cape Primrose in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cape Primrose: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cape Primrose may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cape Primrose in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cape Primrose

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cape Primrose: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cape Primrose after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Cape Primrose prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Cape Primrose Water Frequency →

Cape Primrose Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cape Primrose may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Cape Primrose Light Requirements →

Cape Primrose Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Cape Primrose prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Cape Primrose Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Cape Primrose is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Cape Primrose →


💩 Fertilizer

Cape Primrose should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Cape Primrose →


🌎 Native Region

Cape Primrose is native to Africa.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cape Primrose has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Cape Primrose has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Cape Primrose has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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leaf-1 28 Plants
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globe Cornwall, Ontario
02/13/2021

Easy to care for and flowers all the time. Likes light coming from above. The leaves are soft and furry as well. All around easy and giving plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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