Gloxinia 13-18°C/55-64°F; Brazil

The florist’s glox-inia should be more accurately described as Sinningia speciosa, but few florists would recognize the plant by the latter name, so gloxinia it is. Very fine seed is thinly sown in warm conditions in the spring of the year for prefer- in a dry, warm place until the following spring when it can be started into growth by placing in a box or pot filled with moist peat. A temperature of not less than 20°C/70°F should be maintained until growth is established. Green leaves that are large, velvety and very brittle should be handled with the greatest possible care. Many named varieties are available, all with clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of red, purple, pink and white, single or double and some with frilled edges.

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