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Offline Michael

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habitat streptocarpus
« on: November 14, 2010, 21:05:24 PM »
I went to take photos of these special plants today for a friend:





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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 21:08:20 PM »
Where do they grow, and what type of plant is it Michael?
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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 23:21:12 PM »
Do those streps grow in full sun there, Michael?
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 23:21:12 PM »
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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 04:33:21 AM »
An amazing spot Michael  :good:

Not only for the Streptocarpus but for some other treasures by the looks of it.

Hope it does not get decimated by some ........  :-\  :'(

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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010, 08:56:43 AM »
Stef, it's about 50 kms East of us, in the mountains. Very rough dry area, I love it out there.
The guys who grow streptocarpus seem to go mad for them! I don't really know them at all. They look a bit like african violets to me.

Rena, they grow on the Eastern face of the mountain and get no afternoon sun, but it's brutally hot and dry up there. Full sun in the mornings.

Abby, that's me in my element there, exploring a special place like that. In some small areas there, every square inch of the mountain face is covered in delicate little plants! Genius loci, for sure.
The place where they grow is above me, and I'm scratching in the scree for pretty stones, my weakness!

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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010, 10:51:36 AM »
Stef

Here is a picture of my Streptocarpus. I asume it is a hybrid but am not sure, it could be a specie clone.


As to how it compares with the specie I am not able to tell you but it comes also in several lilac. white and blue colours.

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010, 11:35:38 AM »
Michael
I too have a weakness for pretty stones so if you come across a nice big diamond you know where to send it - I will give it all the tender loving care.  ;)



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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2010, 15:20:14 PM »
Thanks Abby.
I have seen/grown it before, but will now take more notice of it in future.

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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 15:31:49 PM »
The place where they grow is above me, and I'm scratching in the scree for pretty stones, my weakness!
You would have got on well with my late dad - he used to collect, cut and polish semi-precious stones - I have a whole bottle of tumbled agates, and various other stones in my lounge.  As a kid, I remembered us going various places, and dad made us walk with him along dusty roads and go foraging in the veld for interesting looking stones which he would examine and decide to chuck to to pop into the basket.  Apparently, I cut my teeth on a chunk of Tiger's Eye - how cruel is that?? Other normal kids get teething rings or a nice chunk of dry biltong  :-\
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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010, 20:02:05 PM »
Hi Michael,

Your Friend wouldn't happen to be Jaco?? lol  He is a good friend of mine and ive been on a few trips with him to search for Streps.  I am just as mad about them, but unfortunately, now that im back in Richards Bay, I can't grow them as it is a tad too hot for them here!  I would hazard a guess that those Streps are S meyerii?

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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2010, 20:52:36 PM »
Craig, it's a small world hey! A friend of Jaco is a friend of mine too!

Kareen, I think it's very fashionable nowadays to have your baby cut her teeth on a semi precious stone, it like aligns your chakras man LOL

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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2010, 22:57:51 PM »
Kareen, I think it's very fashionable nowadays to have your baby cut her teeth on a semi precious stone, it like aligns your chakras man LOL
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My kids are already watching me to see that I don't feed little granddaughter daylilies, wonder what they'll do if I give her one of my inherited precious stones out the garden......
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Re: habitat streptocarpus
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 12:14:10 PM »
Kareen, I think it's very fashionable nowadays to have your baby cut her teeth on a semi precious stone, it like aligns your chakras man LOL
  LOL my chakras have always been a bit haywire, maybe the "vibe" & "energy" was all wrong for me, perhaps it should have been a chunk of rose quartz  ::)
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