If you want more color in your own home, then you need indoor plants rich in flowers, ideally at least one gloxinia underneath. This exotic can also thrive outside in the tub on the balcony or terrace and surprise you every day with its unique blossoms. It is really a balm for the eyes and soul, unfortunately only for a short time. All gloxinia hybrids that we maintain in Germany only bloom from June to August. What else you should know about the natural beauties and how you can best care for the gloxinias, you will find out below.
Gloxinia feels really good in the pot on the windowsill!
Where does the gloxinia actually come from??
As we mentioned earlier, the gloxinia is a hybrid houseplant that was created from crosses. Its botanical name is Sinningia, because the most beautiful hybrid plants can be traced back to crosses of Sinningia speciosa with many other species of the genus. Originally all the species involved, such as Sinningia villosa and Sinningia helleri, come from Central and South America.
The species Sinningia speciosa, for example, comes from the rainforests of Brazil, where it has long been at home. Today numerous hybrids are known, about 60 to 80 in number. The beautiful exotic species owes its German name to the genus Gloxinia, to which it was previously assigned.
These exotic blue-violet flowers are simply irresistible!
Typical features of the beautiful gloxinia
What actually characterizes the gloxinia and how can a plant enthusiast easily recognize it among many other flower-rich indoor plants on the market? Characteristic of the exotic from Brazil are its attractive funnel-shaped flowers. In the first place, they score with their colors. These vary from white and pink to red and purple to blue-violet and violet. All colors are saturated and immediately stand out. The flowers can be monochrome or two-tone. For example, some hybrids have a white border or are slightly curled on the edge. There are even gloxinia hybrids whose flowers are reminiscent of the rose petals. However, you can hardly compete with the beautiful queen of flowers.
These flowers will definitely remind you of the rose, or?
Nor can the gloxinia grow as tall as the rose. As a houseplant, it reaches around 20 to 30 cm. The plant grows bushy and compact. Their green leaves are ovate to elongated and have velvety hairs.
This gloxinia has slightly drooping flowers.
Important tips for caring for gloxinia
So that you can enjoy the beautiful gloxinia flowers at home or on the terrace for a long time, you must observe the following care tips:
- Location and Earth: Choose a warm, bright, but partially shaded location for the gloxinia, preferably where the humidity is high. Avoid direct sunlight, otherwise the leaves and flowers of the plant will get sunburned. Gloxinia likes temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees C. Avoid places where the air is dry or where there may be strong temperature fluctuations. Otherwise the exotic will get rolled up yellow leaves. In addition, the beautiful houseplant does not like drafts. Use ordinary potting soil mixed with some sand. Special cactus soil is also possible here, because it is sandy and well-drained.
With the right care, you will have such a splendor of flowers in front of your eyes every day in midsummer.
- Watering and fertilizing: Water the plant regularly with lukewarm water so that the substrate never dries out completely. However, you must never spray the leaves and flowers with water. It would be best if you pour the water directly into the coaster. In late summer, the plant begins to slowly retreat into the tuber. Then you need to water less and gradually adjust it. For fertilization during the flowering period, you can use a cactus fertilizer.
Water regularly, fertilize in moderation!
- Propagation and overwintering: The gloxinia can be propagated either by cuttings or by dividing the tuber in spring. The first method will require a lot of patience, although success is not guaranteed. It also looks the same with wintering. The plant pulls into the tuber from September and no longer forms leaves or flowers. However, the tuber is so small that it could hardly survive the winter. Therefore, it is better not to experiment with it!
Gloxinias in pots are a great eye-catcher in the garden.
Extra tip: With insufficient or incorrect care, the green leaves can get sick. Be careful that the gloxinia is not attacked by aphids or spider mites! You can find out here how you can combat them naturally !
Consider all of our care tips and you will fully enjoy the beautiful, intensely colored flowers of the gloxinia in midsummer!
Beautiful, beautiful …. the uniquely beautiful bloom of the gloxinia!
How do you like these delicate flowers with a white border?