Gloxinia


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Common Name: Gloxinia
Botanical Name: Sinningia speciosa (si-NIN-jee-ah spe-see-OH-sa)
Decorative Life: Generally lasts from 2-4 weeks or more, depending on use and interior environment. Each flower can last about 10 days but the remaining plant can last for months without flowers.
Post Harvest Care:
  • As with African violets, irrigate with warm or room temperature water. Cold water coming in contact with leaves can damage leaf cells and leave spots. Irrigating from the bottom is another way to avoid this problem. This species does not ship well so minimize the time they have to be in boxes and/or in the dark.
  • After flowering, one can dry the plant and store the tubers in a moderately warm location for 3-4 months, then again irrigate and nurture the plant back into flowering.
Harvest Instructions: The use of some growth retardants has been shown to result in plants that are less chill sensitive.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Gesneriaceae (gesneria family).
  • Native to Brazil.
  • Common relatives include African Violet, cape-primrose, Episcia and Achimenes.
Personality:
  • Flowers are bell-shaped, velvety, with ruffled edges, in clusters held above foliage.
  • Leaves large, oval, somewhat fleshy and pubescent (hairy). There are so-called miniature types that some name S. pusilla while others still have them listed as S. speciosa. Regardless, the key fact is that they are smaller plants and some have longer flower stalks (peduncles) compared to their bigger cousins.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Mostly summer but are available year-round in most areas.
Flower Color: Many colors including violet, red, purple, white and bicolors.
Storage Specifics: Chill sensitive, store and ship above 55 degrees F. This species does not ship that well so minimize this period to 3 days or less if possible.
Tidbits:
  • Named for Wilhelm Sinning, gardener at the University of Bonn.
  • The specific epithet name "speciosa" means showy, good-looking.
  • May only look good under many commonly encountered interior conditions for 1 or 2 weeks.
  • Requires high light levels (>200 ft-c.) under interior conditions. Removing spent blooms will encourage new flowers to form.
  • Let plants rest (do not water) for about 2-4 months every year after which they again can be watered and fertilized for reflowering.