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GESNERIACEAE

Gesneriaceae is a family of flowering plants known for their ornamental value, often grown for their colorful, tubular-shaped flowers and attractive foliage. Many species within this family are popular as houseplants and are cherished for their unique aesthetic appeal.

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Below is a general care guide for Gesneriaceae plants which can slightly differ depending on variety. 

Light & Temperature

Gesneriaceae plants generally prefer bright, indirect light and moderate temperatures. They thrive in conditions with consistent warmth and prefer to be protected from direct sunlight.

Watering, Humidity & Misting

These plants prefer consistently moist but not waterlogged soil. They benefit from higher humidity levels, making them well-suited for regular misting or placement in a humid environment.

Soil and Repotting

A well-draining, peat-based soil mix is ideal. Repotting should be done when the plant has outgrown its container or every 1-2 years to refresh the soil.

Propagation

Gesneriaceae plants can be propagated through division, leaf cuttings, or stem cuttings, typically in the warmer months to promote successful development.

Fertiliser

Fertilize with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season to support healthy growth and flowering.

Toxicity

It's important to be cautious with pets and young children around Gesneriaceae plants, as some species may be mildly toxic if ingested.

Possible Issues

Overwatering and low humidity can lead to issues such as root rot and pests. Additionally, inadequate light can result in poor growth and reduced flowering.