Sinningia tubiflora

Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)May 16, 2012

My Sinningia tubiflora (hardy gloxinia) is blooming! Seems a bit early but who am I to complain? ;)

I hope it continues to put up flower spikes throughout the growing season. This is my second year with it. It grows fast! I've read it likes lots of water and fertilizer while it's growing and apparently I wasn't watering it enough (the flower spikes drooped and some leaves curled about an hour before I took this pic). :(

Fortunately it seems to have perked back up.

It does have a citrus/lemon like scent. Some garden visitors have compared it to soap and deodorant. If I were to compare it to a body product I'd say citrus scented hand sanitizer.

It's a pretty cool plant. :)

-Robert

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olympia_gardener(5)

Nice, well balanced plant.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 9:35AM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Thanks, Olympia!

It was even more balanced before yesterday.
It's funny because I thought I wasn't watering it enough (it's true that the flower spikes perked up after watering) however a few stems had leaves that remained curled even after me watering it several times. Turns out 3 stems were broken off at the base. Probably from a young cardinal who likes to fly into my plants (I found a feather on a leaf).
So now I have some bare spots in the middle and on a side.
The price I pay for attracting wildlife I suppose! ;)

-Robert

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 10:17AM
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