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Sinningia speciosa

Common Name(s):
Gloxina
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

A perennial bulb, and relative of african violets, gloxina is often grown as a potted houseplant that can be taken outside in the summer.  They have ovate velvety green leaves that form a basal rosette.  They need bright indoor light with no direct sunlight and constant moisture.  It will bloom in the spring after which cut the leaves back to the first two leaves to encourage a second bloom.  After the second bloom reduce watering until the foliage dies back.  Place pots in a dark location with a constant temperature of 60-65 degrees.  Mist the tubers so they do not dry out.  After a dormancy period the tubers should start to grow at which time bring the pots back out into the light and resume regular watering.

Possible problems include gray mold or crown rot from overwatering.

Season:
spring, summer
Height:
.5-1 foot
Flower Color:
lavender, purple, red, white
Propagation:
leaves in water; spring to early summer
Exposure:
bright, indirect light
Soil:
peaty, well-drained potting soil
Origin:
Brazil
Tags:
showy blooms, houseplant, fuzzy leaves, velvety, bulb

NCCES plant id: 2914

 Sinningia speciosa Red
Eric Hunt, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
 Sinningia speciosa Sinningia speciosa
MJI (Mary J.I.), CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
 Sinningia speciosa Purple with yellow center
Amy, CC BY-NC-2.0
 Sinningia speciosa Purple with white edges
hp_cub, CC BY-NC-2.0
 Sinningia speciosa Pink
Jacinta Valero, CC-BY-SA-2.0