An attractive small plant often given as a present. Longof heart-shaped carry clusters of dainty mauve with vivid yellow centres. It is a member of the Gentian family.
Flowering season 18 C (64 °F)
Soil: A soil-lesswith 20% good friable loam added.
Where to: In good light but avoid bright sun.
Watering requirements: Keep soil moist to thumb pressure.
General care: The plant is inexpensive and should be purchased early in summer. With reasonable care it will stay in flower over a long period. It is to be regarded as disposable and is seldom worth keeping after October. It can be given easily fromsown in a in late February or early March.
Rest: The plant will seldom survive the winter and even when it does, will not be as good as a young plant.
When it looks sick:
Tired, limp leaves : Place plant in a cooler spot. It does not like high temperatures.
Drooping leaves : Check soil condition and water in order to restore a good moist condition.
Browning leaves : Move the plant away from strong sunlight which is scorching it.
Parasites : Spray with.