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how do I grow this plant

Posted by philpet jamaica (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 23, 14 at 13:41

Hi everyone, I am new to this side of the forum:). I got this plant from an old friend, I am asuming its a gloxinia. I have never grow one and would love to keep this one alive.its potted in maybe a six inches pot, you can see the top of the bulb, the plant is wobbly and its potted in regular soil, can someone please advise me how to keep it alive, and get it to bloom also how to get it to not be so wobbly, I grow orchids and I am just figuring out african violets. Thank to anyone who can take the time to explain. Velleta.


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RE: how do I grow this plant

Veletta,

It is a gloxinia and you grow it similar to your violets. It needs a bit more light, cooler temps. and higher humidity than do violets but I have grown both together in the same environment.

It grows from a tuber rather than roots and it will require a resting period. Slowly cut down on watering when flowering ceases and the leaves begin to yellow. Store in a cool place during dormancy. Growth should start on its own in late winter. Re-pot and gradually start watering again. Use the same mix you use for your violets.

Leaves are prone to rot so avoid wetting them.

Linda

(Why didn't you come to the violet forum and ask me??? ;) )


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Hi linda, lol I thought because it wasn't an african violet then I would hav to ask the qustion here lol, my bad. So should I leave it as is, until after it blooms or should I repot it, its in regular soil and should I stake it for the wobblinss, I just want to b sure it will servives, oh and I am so happy I found you here too. :). Vellta


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Velleta,

I wouldn't re-pot it until the next growth period. Has it bloomed yet on this growth cycle?

These plants can get wobbly. I would either use a small stake or add some soil up to the bottom leaves if there is room.

Linda


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Hi linda, so this is how tall the plant is, it has about three inches of space between the potting media and the bottom leaves, I think I will try and stake it, my soil is lighter and I don't want to run the risk of the my soil getting dry on the top so I would water, and then the bottom half still being wet so it causes rot, the old lady that gave it to me took it to church three times, and then finally to my workplace :) so I want to keep it alive. I think I will also try to get another three plants from the flower show in may, as a backup.oh and no blooms as yet my friend said it should be coming into bloom any time soon. Velleta


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Velleta,

Unlike our violets, after this blooms the foliage will start to yellow. It is entering dormancy so gradually withhold water.

Make sure to post some pictures!

Linda


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Thanks Linda,and yes I will make sure to post pics😉.velleta


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I just wonder who is chomping on the leaves, there are big holes in them. Have you had a look under the pot? I once got this kind of holes in one of my streps, and the culprit was a caterpillar of some sort, a fat green one. I found the bugger down in the cache pot.


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Oh hi pelargonium,your right its a caterpillar,but I got it like that,she grew it outside. I also bought four more at the flower show,I think I like them and would like to see how the do in my care.Velleta


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Would think in Jamaica you could use them as garden plants. ? I use them that way in s.florida as long as I don't get frost.. Two problems squirrels and rats they LOVE the foliage though they never bother the tuber. have had a bit of insect problem occasionally. i allow them to go dormant during winter and just withhold water
Would suspect in your area you get year around rain and obviously no frost?? They do appreciate drying out when dormant. gary


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Hi Gary,I suppose they could be used as garden plants but here we get plenty of rain often,so I think maybe the tubers would probably rot.from too much water, in any case we never get snow or frost,we are a tropical climate.its my first shot at growing this plant so I am hoping it works out ok.velleta


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