Bloom Time: July to October
Kohleria 'Sunshine' is a beautiful tender perennial, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, that makes a stunning pot plant for the conservatory, a warm greenhouse, or a bright windowsill indoors. The tubular, foxglove-like flowers are intricately veined with pretty pink markings that make each bloom unique. It produces an endless supply of flowers on stiff stems filled with velvety foliage.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Put your Kohleria where it'll get plenty of light, but out of the direct sun. Filtered light from a south- or west-facing window will give it the light it needs. Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season, but take care not to overwater. Dry soil will cause the plant to go dormant. Soggy soil will quickly cause the rhizomes to rot.
You can expect dozens of blooms on plants in spring and summer. You'll get the most blooms by providing plenty of bright, indirect light. This one likes to be slightly pot-bound and blooms best this way. Repot in spring when it has outgrown its pot. Always use a container with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil.
Divide rhizomes in spring and pot separately. Or take 4-inch (10 cm) leaf tip cuttings with at least one pair of leaves attached and root in a moist potting mix. Cover the whole thing with plastic or a glass cloche to hold in moisture. Cuttings root easily in about 4 to 6 weeks. See more at How to Grow and Care for Kohleria.
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