Adequate Lighting for Streps

frankiokc(AR)December 20, 2006

I have a lot of problems with the foliage on my streps curling under and getting brown edges. As the new "baby" leaves start growing in, they tend to turn brown and mushy before they are even 1/2" long. I grow them under 4 fluorescent tubes with my African violets. Do you think my streps would be happier if they were grown next to the plant stands instead of directly under the light tubes?

Thanks!

Franki

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
irina_co(z5 CO)

Franki -

most possibly they are just way to wet. Pale yellow brown mushiness on young leaves can have 2 reasons - way too wet and wrong fertilizer. Looks like they hate urea - so be sure that your fertilizer is urea free. I use Dyna-grow, some people are swearing by other brands.

There was a very informative thread here a couple months ago about fertilizers.

To be sure that they are not too wet - cut your violet mix with 1/3 perlite, add some perlite on the bottom and do not use too thick of a wick.

I read that people prefer 4 tubes instead of 2 for streps and 2 instead of 4 for violets. For me baby streps do Ok under 2 tubes. IMHO more light - more bloom, less light - more leaves on streps, so if you grow them to show, 4 would be better.

Irina
Snowed up in Denver

    Bookmark   December 20, 2006 at 8:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
robitaillenancy1(zone 5)

Just for an experiment you could place your streps in window light. Being close to a window would also allow the coolness they prefer. You might discover they grow as well or better there.

Nancy

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 4:57PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Light Rack with Streps and Orchids
I just bought a rack for my succulent, strep and orchid...
treehugger101
Nyc gesnariads
Anyone in nyc want to trade leaves/cuttings? Rather...
nycav123
Chirita Tamiana advice, please?
Hello, I'm a faithful "lurker" in this forum,...
mkjones
Finally got the strep seeds I ordered online
Hi everyone, so I got the strep seeds this morning,...
philpet
How fast will a lipstick plant grow? ((Aeschynanthus radicans)
I got one in a 6 inch hanging basket on clearance at...
tlbean2004
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™