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Gloxinia      

Sinningia speciosa

Gloxinia is part of the Sinningia genus and its scientific name is Sinningia speciosa. The speciosa part of this plant's botanical name means 'showy'.

This plant has oval soft hairy light green leaves and flowers with large trumpets in reds, purples spots and stripes of cream or white all on separate plants
Easy from seed but mature to produce a corm that can be replanted each year

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Purple Heart and   Navajo white and   Scarlet crayola. When mature, blooms are roughly 8.0 cm (that's 3.12 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a funnel form, with an approximate petal count of 6. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Fern green colour. It is a non-edible flower / houseplant that typically grows as an annual/perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Normally reaching to a mature height of 7.8 inches (20.0 cm).

Typically, Gloxinia is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

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How to grow Gloxinia

  • Partial Sun

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  • Medium

After flowering rest the plant by gradually reducing water until it becomes dormant. A corm should have formed and this can be replanted in the spring to grow again.
Water from below and do not allow to become too wet. Keep water off the hairy leaves.
Flowers in the first year. Use high potash fertilizer to promote flower buds.
Plants grow best in very light conditions but avoid direct sunlight which can scortch the leaves

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Gloxinia is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing Gloxinia from seed

Sow on the surface of fine compost, press into the surface only lightly and cover with a plastic bag. Wet the compost only from below and warm to 20C.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Gloxinia

At the two leaf stage transplant each seedling individually, into a mixture of compost and a little vermiculite, handling the seedling carefully by a leaf.
Grow on in pots, watering carefully so as not to wet the leaves or over wet the compost

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 18°C / 64°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Gloxinia is a tender plant.

Seed Saving Gloxinia

Seeds are very tiny but can be saved. Plants will also grow from replanted corms and leaf cuttings

Companion plants for Gloxinia

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Gloxinia so consider planting:

African violets enjoy similar growing conditions

Repellent plants for Gloxinia

These plants will not grow well with Gloxinia so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Gloxinia problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Gloxinia plants:

Overwatering causes rot. Too little water and spider mites are a pest.

Other names for Gloxinia

Florist's gloxinia

Sinningia speciosa (G. Lodd.) Hiern

Gloxinia care instructions

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