Sinningia

Sinningia

Life form Herbaceous
Family Gesneriaceae
Origin Brazil
Ease of cultivation Easy with small difficulties.
The size Usually from 15 to 20 cm in height.
Growth rate High, a plant sown in the spring, will blossom in the same year.
Lifespan Some years. After 3-5 years old tubers lose energy growth.
Temperature In the summer: 71,6-75,2 ° F, in winter not below 53,6-59 ° F, keep in a dry place. With the onset of spring, to start the growth, raise the temperature to 69,8 ° F.
Humidity Not less than 50%. Spraying is possible only in the early morning, avoiding moisture on the flowers and shaking the water. It is better to put the pot in a tray with wet pebbles and do not spray the plant at all.
Lighting Scattered light or partial shade. Suitable for the east and west windows, the south should be shaded.
The soil Suitable lightweight breathable primer. For own soil, you can take   3 parts of leaf land, 2 parts of coarse sand or perlite, 3 parts of peat. It is mandatory to use drainage.
Watering During flowering, there should be regular watering so that the soil will not dry out. Every 3 days the plant should be lowered into a tray with hot water for 10 minutes, or watered so that the water does not fall on the leaves and flowers. Use only soft water. With the onset of autumn watering cut, in winter in the rest period, do not water at all.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, every two weeks, liquid fertilizer.
Reproduction Leaf cuttings in summer at a temperature of 69,8 ° F. The sheet is either germinated in water, or cuts with a knife along the central vein and place the leaf “face” down on the surface of the ground, pegging with wire. Cover with a glass or a film and wait for new plants to appear, gently watering. In spring, from the germinating old tubers, it is possible to take apical cuttings 5-7 cm long. You can multiply by dividing the old tuber so that each part has a sprout (growth point), the slices should be sprinkled with coal.Also propagated by seeds, which are planted in the spring at a temperature of 69,8 ° F.
Bloom Blossom from April to August with large tubular bright red flowers.
Transfer Annually, from February to March, the overwintered old tubers are transplanted as soon as they move into growth. The top of the tubers should be on par with the soil. Young plants from seeds and cuttings grow 2-3 times during the year.
Features of care In the summer it is desirable to take out on the street or a balcony, like airing. The plant has a period of rest, when shoots die. The tubers are stored in sand in a dark cool place.
Difficulties It is affected by thrips, whiteflies, aphids, and viral diseases. Falling buds can be caused by temperature changes or too dry air. Leaves turn pale when fertilizing is needed; leaves twist from too bright light; Stems and buds rot when too cold and wet; on the flowers spots arise from the ingress of water.
Air cleaning
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