Sinningia (Puppy Ears) - PlantSinningia leucotricha
The leaves of this Brazilian houseplant are so soft and silky they feel just like puppy ears. The shoots that emerge from the tubers develop leaves covered with soft white ‘hair’. Magnificient red tubular flowers appear at the tips of these shoots. This Brazilian is a real tropical beauty.Show more
Show moreSinningia Leucotricha (Gloxinia) thrives in humus rich, fertile soil. Normal potting compost is suitable. Make sure you use a pot with holes in the base to provide adequate drainage and place a layer of pot shards or clay pellets on the bottom. Fill the pot almost entirely with potting compost and lay the Gloxinia tubers in the pot. Cover with about two centimetres of soil and press firmly down. Water immediately. A sheltered, partly shady spot is fine. Do protect the Gloxinia from full sun and draughts.
Gloxinia on your patioYour Gloxinia will be fine standing on your garden table in the summer, as long as it is not in full sun. Always a lovely welcome sight! Here too, do not allow the pot to dry out.
Show moreThis Sinningia Leucotricha (Gloxinia) requires feeding every time you water it but use only a quarter of the dosage recommended on the pack. Try to use rain water as this is much softer than tap water and will be much appreciated by your Gloxinia. A small amount of water daily is better than a large amount weekly! Water only the soil and not the leaves. Up to the flowering season, the potting compost must not dry out but after flowering, in the autumn, you can stop watering the Gloxinia.
Getting your Gloxinia through the winterGloxinia tubers are easily stored over the winter if kept dry and free from frost. Allow the plant to dry in the autumn and cut it right back. Shake off excess soil from the tuber and its roots. Place in a box of compost or sharp sand and store at no less than 12°C. Pot up your Gloxinias again from the end of January in fresh potting compost. Place the pot in the living room and water regularly. Your Gloxinia can go outdoors from June - keep out of the full sun.
Show moreGloxinia is a jewel from the subtropical jungles of Brazil. This plant will shine on your patio or decking but will also thrive well in your living room, or perhaps in the greenhouse. Easily grown, this plant will flower the whole summer long. The large furry leaf is also very decorative and resembles a puppy's ears. The orangey red tubular flowers of this Gloxinia variety are the crowning glory of this plant.