Free Sinningia Speciosa Hybrids Plants

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The summer-flowering Sinningia makes an attractive feature plant for a table-top. After flowering, the plant may become a little more leafy, although it usually fades and eventually withers and dies back to the corn. The corm should be stored dry over the winter, then started back into growth again in the spring by watering the compost and ensuring the temperature is kept within the recommended range. Take care when handling the Sinningia as the large leaves are very brittle and can easily be broken. Remove broken or bruised leaves with a sharp knife before any fungal infection develops.

Plant type : Flowering plant with low habit
Season of interest : Summer
Size : 10-20cm (4—8in) high, 20-30cm (8-12in) wide
Flower : Bold, bell-shaped, 4-6cm (1.5-2.5in) across, white, pink, red or purple
Leaf : Broadly heart-shaped, 10-20cm (4-8in) long, 7.5-15cm (3—6in) wide, mid green, hairy
Temperature : 18-22°C (64—72°F)
Aspect/Light : Reasonably well-lit situation out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; always water into saucer; keep dormant tubers dry in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant leaf cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 21 °C (70°F) in mid spring to early summer; sow seeds as above
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, thrip
Availability : Commonly available in early summer
Uses indoors : Feature plant for table-top display in lounge or dining room