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Kohleria 'Strawberry Fields'

tree gloxinia 'Strawberry Fields'

An erect, compact, rhizomatous perennial to 30cm tall, with velvety, dark green leaves. In summer it produces tubular red flowers, heavily dotted around the flared petal lobes. All parts of the plant are covered with fine, white hairs

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Genus

Kohleria are erect rhizomatous perennials with simple, toothed leaves sometimes with silvery markings, and solitary or clustered tubular or bell-shaped flowers with 5 spreading rounded lobes

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Start the rhizomes into growth at 21°C in early spring. Grow in houseplant compost in bright, filtered light with high humidity. Using soft water, water moderately at first, then freely when in full growth. When flower buds appear, apply a high-potash fertiliser every 2 weeks. In autumn, remove dying top growth and keep almost completely dry

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to rhizome rots if overwatered

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