Gesneriads forum: Sinningia tubiflora

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 2, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Hi all, I just got a nice pot of Sinningia tubiflora starts at a plant sale. I've grown it before a few years ago, but it never bloomed for me, and slowly faded away.

Just wondering if anyone has some guidelines for me to keep this plant going and possibly have it bloom? I know it's supposed to go dormant in winter, and I can give it a very cool, dry-ish location where it won't want to keep on growing in Florida's mild weather.

Other than that, soil? fertilizer? how much light? watering? All advice appreciated!

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2016 10:41 AM CST
Oooh, Hardy White Gloxinia (Sinningia tubiflora) is a nice one, I love those long white tubular flowers and they are said to attract Hummingbirds! I've grown a few Sinningia's over the years but never S. tubiflora. It does need bright light, direct sun is apparently ok for this one (but I'm not sure about our intense Fla. sun) and a well draining potting soil is definitely a must. This one is drought tolerant too, so I'd go light on the water; they go dormant during the winter.

I just googled and found this interesting information: http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?pl...
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 2, 2016 11:12 AM CST
Ah ha, that probably explains why mine never bloomed and disappeared on me - not enough light, and too much water for sure!

Thanks SO much Lin. I'm sure now I'll do better with this one. Just have to find a good spot for it in summer where it will get enough light but not too much rain. Hmm, under the eaves on the east side of the house sounds like the spot.
Elaine

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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Oct 5, 2016 9:50 PM CST
Looks like a pretty plant and your starts look healthy!
Good luck and do update with pictures please!! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 6, 2016 7:00 AM CST
Sure thing, Greg although it will most likely not bloom until next spring. Warm though it is, we DO get a few tastes of winter even down here so the Sinningia will get to have a little sleep in January-February.
Elaine

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