Kohleria ‘Rebecka’ is a beautiful, tall hybrid by Gunilla Svensson. The leaves are dark velvet green, and the high contrast flowers appear in clusters all along the stem of the plant.
It’s a very eye catching plant. I do have a personal bias towards kohleria hybrids that flower all along the stem of the plant, rather than in clusters at the apex. So it’s no surprise that this is one of my most favorite hybrids.
The flowers are showy, furry, bright red-orange tubes. The flowers have bright yellow faces covered in dark burgundy spots, making them really pop against the dark foliage.
A lovely plant to have. The top two photos are of the plant, when I grew it under LED grow light. Having it under light, made the growth way more compact. The plant on these bottom two photos was grown on a north facing window. Despite being a bit leggy and needing staking, it was still covered with flowers.
In my personal experience this hybrid seems a bit more susceptible to aphids and mealy bugs compared to your average kohleria. Other than that, it is easy to grow and a very generous bloomer.
Kohleria ‘Queen Victoria’ is a medium to large koheria hybrid.
The leaves are dark olive green with a bit of red hue to them, medium sized.
This hybrid has large and showy, salmon pink flowers. The flower faces are spotted and start of as bright pink upper half and white bottom half, but the colors eventually fade to an overall light pink.
This particular hybrid (along with a few others) in my experience makes an excellent cut flower. The cuttings will continue to flower and root in the vase, almost indefinitely.
Kohleria ‘Pink Shadows’ has large, very dark leaves, that are slightly marbled with lighter silver shades.
The flowers are bright red tubes with light pink faces, and really stand out against the foliage.
Given enough light, the plant will remain fairly short, but it grows quite tall, when grown on a windowsill.
Very showy plant. This hybrid flowers generously, and in my experience, provided warmth and light, it flowers and grows all year-round. It can continue flowering on old growth for a very long time. The stem gets thicker with age and it can start looking almost like a bonsai.
Kohleria ‘Maki’ is a tiny kohleria hybrid, that almost looks like a ground cover. In my opinion, it’s perfect for terrarium culture.
This kohleria seems to prefer higher humidity than other hybrids, and seems a lot more susceptible to mealy bug infestations.
Other than that, if the right conditions are met, it’s a very rewarding plant to have. It might be reluctant to flower at first, but once it becomes pot-bound, this plant is never out of flowers. It’s tiny, cute and very endearing. The flowers are very bright and stand out on their long stems.