By Anne Baley
It's said that growing Streptocarpus plants is good training for African violets, because their requirements are similar, but cape primrose isn't as delicate. This article will help with tips on caring for these plants.
Primroses thrive in shady woodland-type gardens outdoors. Indoors, they need bright light. They are considered “high light” indoor plants. Their light needs can be met by placing them in front of an east-facing window. Brief periods of direct, cool morning sun with bright, indirect light during the rest of the day will help them bloom. Their light needs can also be met by placing them directly in front of a south-facing window with a sheer curtain between the primrose and the window. The sheer curtain should not be too sheer, as direct sun from a southern exposure will burn the leaves. If possible, move them outdoors to a full-shade area when they finish blooming and bring them back indoors in the fall.
African violets will thrive in bright, warm and humid conditions. Keep water from touching their leaves or it will leave brown spots. Remove dead flowers and leaves as soon as you see them to encourage a healthier plant. Regularly check the soil and plant to make sure there is no accumulation of dead leaves. This will encourage rot. Growing these houseplants is really a matter of balance you have to make sure that the different factors that go into their cultivation all are weighted against each other. They should be kept in moist enough conditions that they don't dry out, yet still exposed to a fresh breeze to avoid letting them get too stuffy, and exposed to sunlight without damaging their leaf tips. Don't be discouraged if your African violets suffer some damage—it's all part of the process.