Last Spring I started some Gloxinias from seed
and I just love the velvety trumpet shaped flowers
and velvet leaves.
Gloxinias (Sinningia speciosa)were originally native to
Brazil and other parts of South America. The large bell
shaped flowers of Gloxinia's come in varying shades of
white, blues, reds, pinks and purples.
The indoor flower grows to 12 inches tall and wide.
Indoors place your new Gloxinia in bright indirect
lighting. Full sun may burn the slightly furry leaves.
Water when the soil has dried 1/2" to 1" from
the surface.Avoid splashing water on the leaves
as this may cause spotting. Indoors feed
monthly with a balanced liquid
fertilizer. Remove spent Gloxinia flowers as
When your Gloxinia plant stops flowering... just
be patient it will soon be flowering again.
decline and go into a resting state. As the plant
declines, start watering less often, then stop
watering altogether and let the leaves die.
Allow the tuberous stem to rest 2 to 4 months in
Keep an eye on the plant and when new growth
appears, resume watering.
This red one is just gorgeous. Red's are hard to
show up true on my camera but this is very close.
I also grew this purple and white speckled one.
Gloxinias can be grown from seed, tubers,
or leaf or stem cuttings the same as African Violet
cuttings. The seeds take about six months till
blooming. I started my seeds in March.
Diseases are an infrequent problem in the home
environment. Gloxinia may develop root
rot from over watering. Leaves may be damaged
by cold water, so keep water off of the foliage.
Insect and related pests of Gloxinia's include mites.
They are well worth the effort to grow and are
brightening up my home and filling that need
for a burst of flowering color we gardeners
miss when the flowers outdoors have gone to
sleep for the season.