How to Transplant a Flowering Kohleria Plant

Overview

Kohleria is a gesneriad, meaning that is a member of the botanical family known as Gesneriaceae and a close relative of the African violet. Kohleria is a group of tropical plants with fuzzy foliage and gaily-colored, tubular flowers that are easy to care for. Like its famous cousin, kohleria is generally grown as a houseplant. Its care and growing conditions are identical to the African violet.

Step 1

Mix together 50 percent peat moss and 50 percent perlite and pour half of it into the new planting pot, which should be one size larger than the pot the kohleria came in.

Step 2

Remove the lower, smaller leaves and flowers from the kohleria, leaving the larger leaves and flowers at the top of the plant intact.

Step 3

Tip the pot holding the kohleria onto its side and slide the plant from it.

Step 4

Wind the bare portion of the stem around the root ball (as you would wind string) until you reach 1 inch below the top leaves. If the plant appears off-center, poke your thumb into the root ball and wiggle it around to adjust the roots so that the kohleria is centered in the middle of the root ball.

Step 5

Place the stem-wrapped root ball on the soil in the new pot. Add or remove soil so that the kohleria will be planted at the same depth as it has been growing. Finish filling the pot with soil, to within 1/2 inch of the rim.

Step 6

Water the plant slowly, until water drains from the bottom. Allow it to drain completely and then place the kohleria in a well-lit area, out of direct sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Planting pot

References

  • Botany.com: Kohleria
  • University of Florida: Gesneriads for the Florida Gardener
  • The Violet Barn: "Rolling-up" a Plant
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