Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa) is a perennial plant. It has large trumpet-shaped flowers that are lavender, purple, red or white. Velvety, ovate to oblong leaves in a rosette. Flowers are not fragrant. Hybrids commonly sold under this species name are commonly referred to as florists’ gloxinia. These hybrids feature larger blooms in a slightly broader range of colors including various pastels. Sinningia speciosa is a most popular blossoming plant that is usually sold in pots in bloom by florists, nurseries and grocery stores.
Species: S. speciosa
Scientific Name: Sinningia speciosa
Synonyms: G. caulescens, G. discolor, G. diversiflora, G. fyfiana, G. immaculata, G. maxima, G. menziesiana, G. merkii, G. passinghamii, G. rubra, G. speciosa, G. teuchleri, Ligeria caulescens, Ligeria menziesiana, Ligeria speciosa, Sinningia menziesiana.
Common Name: Gloxinia, Florist’s gloxinia, Brazilian gloxinia.
How to grow and maintain Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa):
It thrives best in bright light but no direct sunlight.
It grows best in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained, any good potting mix. African violet potting mix works well to hold moisture.
Water thoroughly, Keep the soil evenly moist. Avoid getting the velvety leaves of this plant wet. Water will cause brown spots on the leaves.
It prefers average room temperatures 60°F – 75°F / 16°C – 24°C.
It prefers moderate humidity. Set plant on a tray of wet pebbles or use a room humidifier. Do not mist because misting could damage the flowers and leaves.
Fertilize every 2 weeks while the plant is growing and blooming with a high-phosphorus liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
It can be easily propagated by seeds, leaf cuttings or by the division of tubers.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Watch botrytis gray mold, aphids, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, leaf miners.