Gloxinia Sylvatica Questions? Please...
I rescued a plant today, it was in very sad shape, looks like its been neglected for some time. It was very leggy with a lot of brown dead leaves, but yet showed some new growth starting at the tips on some of the branches. It was in a 5 gallon pot,asked the nursery lady what it was and was told it was a goldfish plant. I really thought it was because it did have one orange flower, and sort of resembled a small fish? Said if I wanted it for $2.00? Of course for that price, that's barely a cup of coffee...By the way when I got home, I saw a lable tucked in the back that said "Gloxinia Sylvatica". Since I have never owned a goldfish or one of these before I checked on line and of course the nursery was wrong, and it wasn't a goldfish plant, no surprise, LOL...By the way I was so excited as I have been looking for "goldfish Plant since I saw them here on this forum, *sigh*
I got home to check the roots( make sure that the roots wasn't rotting) and repot it in a nicer pot. The roots were very white and healthy, but definitely root bound. I untangled some of the circling roots, trimmed most of the leggy stems ( wanted a shorter more compact look). I added some fresh soil.
My guestions are, can I root these small branches that I pruned? Should I just stick it back in the soil to make a more compact plant or should I root it in water first? Also do they like it moist or rather on the dry side? Direct Sun or under a canopy of a tree(shade)? Also how cold can these plants take night time temps?
Sorry for the many questions, but I know this is the place to come for answers...Thanks so much!!
Here's a pic, to make sure the lable is correct...