Gloxinia for beginners – care

Gloxinia is a perennial tuberous plant, leaves are oval, palm-sized, flowers are similar to large bells (der Gloke – bell), the color is very diverse, except for yellow, there are two-color and even multi-colored varieties; blooms from spring to autumn, at the same time up to 10 flowers on one plant are open.

Sinningia beautiful, or Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa), variety ‘Kaiser Wilhelm’. Farmer Graham Robertson

Due to the fact that Sinningia is beautiful (Sinningia speciosa) was first described and systematized as Gloxinia the beautiful (Gloxinia speciosa), among flower growers Glyxinia it is customary to call plants of the genus Sinningia – popular indoor plants

How to distinguish Gloxinia from Sinningia?

  • Gloxinia is a tuber-forming plant
  • Sinningia rhizome plant

Gloxinia care at home

Gloxinia is very light-requiring, lighting requires bright, but diffused, does not tolerate direct sunlight, gloxinia is shaded on the southern windows.

It is necessary to water gloxinia abundantly, but carefully, along the edge of the pot, make sure that water does not get on the flowers, leaves and the center of the tuber, avoiding waterlogging, it is better to dry it a little than pour it.

Gloxinia, or Sinningia beautiful
Gloxinia, or Sinningia is beautiful. Farmer 陶 澤 中
Gloxinia, or Sinningia beautiful
Gloxinia, or Sinningia is beautiful. Farmer 陶 澤 中
Gloxinia, or Sinningia beautiful
Gloxinia, or Sinningia is beautiful. Farmer 陶 澤 中

Gloxinia is sensitive to air humidity; wet expanded clay, pebbles or sphagnum moss can be put on the pallet.

In the fall, when the leaves of gloxinia turn yellow, watering is reduced, in winter it is watered 1-2 times a month so that the tuber does not dry out and does not rot, the plant is transferred to a cool place for the winter.

Sinningia beautiful, or Gloxinia hybrid (Sinningia speciosa), cultivar 'Burgundia Quine
Sinningia beautiful, or Hybrid Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa), variety ‘Burgundia Quine’. Farmer Shido Gamilton

Gloxinia is transplanted in January, the pot is not needed high, but wide (the roots grow horizontally), the size of the pot must correspond to the size of the root system of the plant, in a large pot there is waterlogging of the soil and rotting of the tuber; ready-made soil “violet” is suitable for gloxinia, but it can also be planted in ordinary garden soil without filling the upper part of the tuber.

After a period of winter dormancy, gloxinia grows back and during the summer there are up to a hundred flowers.

Read about the reproduction of gloxinia in the material: Beauty gloxinia: propagation by seeds and leaves


Gloxinia for beginners - care
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