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Image Dale's Story
By Dave G. on December 5, 2015

s KartuzGreenhouses in Vista, California, would travel a couple of hours each year to give my local gesneriad chapter a talk and to help judge the annual show. He’d bring dozens of Streptocarpus, Sinningias, and other gesneriads to show and sell. I was mostly a Sinningia grower, but the Streps began to appeal to me. Michael kindly stayed after his talks to answer my questions about growing and hybridizing Streps. He is my mentor.

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Image Exotic "Weeds" in Wisconsin
By Dave G. on August 12, 2014

Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure to write several articles highlighting hybridizers which many may not be aware of. Linda Rowe and Wendy DeLorme-Knapp of New York and recently Betty Cessna of Pennsylvania. Today, it is a honor to introduce yet another, a lady equally talented from Fitchburg, WI, Nancy Braun, who is a great trading partner and a dear friend over the years. I asked Nancy to give a background on how she became involved with streps and she graciously agreed. So, here we go. I believe you will find her journey an interesting one.

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Image A Keystone in Hybridizing
By Dave G. on August 5, 2014

As many may know, Pennsylvania is known as "the keystone state." A keystone is the architectural piece at the crown of a vault or arch and marks it's apex locking the other pieces into position. This makes a keystone very important structurally. Today, It is my privilege to introduce Betty Cessna, a hybridizer from central PA., who is a keystone to hybridizing in the strep world.

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Image Tips On Shipping Streptocarpus Safely
By Dave G. on July 21, 2014

Recently I have been asked how to pack and ship plants. Everyone has a different method how to pack and ship their plants. Today I will discuss the how and why's of how I ship my plants and leaves.

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Image Lighting for Streptocarpus
By Dave G. on June 27, 2014

Being closely related to the African Violet it is not a coincidence that streps will grow and thrive in the same lighting conditions as their cousin whether it be natural or artificial lighting.

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Image 10 Mistakes A Beginner Makes
By Dave G. on May 30, 2014

1. Buying a strep! We all know it's like eating a Lay's potato chip, you can't only have one!

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Image Streptocarpus?
By Dave G. on April 25, 2014

What is a Streptocarpus? Those who grow these wonderful houseplants refer to them as Streps. Why such a weird name for a plant that is often confused with a bacteria (Streptococcus) which causes strep throat? Well, the answer is rather simple, it is derived from the Greek words streptos which means twisted and carpus which means fruit. When the flower is pollinated, the seed pod becomes twisted as the pod develops.

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Image The Flower City
By Dave G. on February 15, 2014

The state of New York is home to some well-known growers and hybridizers, Paul Sorano, Lyndon Lyons Greenhouses of Dolgeville, Dr. Rob Robinson & Olive Ma Robinson, the Violet Barn of Naples and Linda Rowe, Bloominjungle of Red Creek. All three are talented commercial growers and hybridizers of Streptocarpus and other Gesneriads. Today, I would like to introduce you to another very talented grower and hybridizer, Wendy DeLorme.

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Image 4th Quarter 2013 issue of Gesneriads, the journal of The Gesneriad Society: http://www.gesneriadsociety.org. Article written by Dale Martens
By Dave G. on February 2, 2014

I can’t think of a more exciting genus right now than Streptocarpus. There are all sorts of species seed in the Seed Fund, plus there are plenty of fascinating new hybrids being created. Streptocarpus come in quite a range of sizes and flower colors and some have scent. Most hybrids bloom constantly and are happy growing in natural window light, under shady trees in warm weather, in greenhouses, or on plant stands. I’m in the midst of writing a booklet on Streptocarpus for The Gesneriad Society, so I know there’s a vast amount of information that can only be touched upon lightly in this article.

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Image Why You Should Love Streptocarpus
By Dave G. on February 1, 2014

There are many reasons for loving Streps. Their flowers come in an array of colors, color combinations, patterns and fantasy markings. The flowers are proudly displayed above the foliage and elegant. Some wavy, some very frilly, others with ruffles and some with unusual blooms that resemble an orchid or butterfly. However, there are other practical reasons to love Streps and give them a try.

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Image The Benefits of Cinnamon
By Dave G. on February 1, 2014

The benefits of cinnamon on plants is widespread, and you may end up reaching for the spice almost daily. Here are some of the most common uses of cinnamon in gardens:

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Image The New In Streptocarpus
By Dave G. on January 31, 2014

You've seen them on eBay, they are different, elusive and the bidding is a frenzy if not insane. But you you want one, it's the latest and greatest and in most cases will be your pride and joy when you win that auction. Sounds familiar?

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Image An Amazing Feat
By Dave G. on January 29, 2014

Today, the title may not be quite the appropriate words to describe this article. Somehow, the wording necessary escapes me for the moment. Maybe I'm wrong, it will be up to you the reader to decide.

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