Gloxinia is one of the most beautiful and sensational of houseplants. Clusters of large, velvety, trumpet-shapedsurmount beautiful foliage in this low growing plant. A vast range of very pure colours is available.
Where to: In plenty of light but protected from sun and draughts.
Watering requirements: Lukewarm water daily to keep soil moist in growing period. Avoid water onor flowers. Mist-spray daily in hot weather when not in flower. Avoid droplets on leaves – shake them off. It likes .
General care: Give weak liquid fertilizer once every week. Carefully cut off faded blooms and damaged leaves; dust any open wounds lightly with a powder fungicide.
Rest: After flowering, stop water and; let it die down completely. Dust with fungicide powder and place in dark, frost-free spot until spring. In late April, re-pot the tubers in fresh and in a clean pot. Place in a warm position and water lightly. When growth starts, increase water and begin slowly to . Keep water away from the crown of the plant.
When it looks sick:
Leaves limp and dull, the flower trumpets tending to collapse : Check the soil; if dry, water and spray. If the soil is moist, spray the plant and improve.
Leaves firm but lacking a healthy deep green gloss : May be.
Rotting spots on leaves : Caused by water droplets afteror spraying. Dust affected areas lightly with fungicidal powder.
Temperatures: Growing season Minimum winter
22-24 °C (72-75 °F) Store tubers in dry frost-free place.
Soil: A soil-less compost.