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Sinningia bullata

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Scientific Name

Sinningia bullata Chautems & M.Peixoto

Scientific Classification

Family: Gesneriaceae
Genus: Sinningia

Description

Sinningia bullata is a tuberous perennial with crinkled, green foliage, thick, white wool on the back of new leaves and on the tips of new shoots and tubular, red flowers. Unlike other tuberous Sinningias, this species does not have a dormant period over winter. New leaves and shoots will emerge throughout the year.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Sinningias grow from tubers, so there is seasonality to them. When the plant is actively growing, keep it lightly moist. When the foliage dies back, just mist the soil regularly to keep the tubers from drying out too much. Start your normal watering when new leaves start to show. As with most plants, Sinningias can survive a short drought, but they do not recover from drowning. Use tepid water when watering. Nobody enjoys a cold shower. Water the soil, not the plant. Sinningias are prone to crown rot and gray mold which happens when the leaves stay wet. Do not let the plant sit in water, it must be well drained.

These are shade plants. They have the same light requirements as an African Violet. Morning or soft late afternoon light is best. That means an East, shaded West, or North-facing window. By all means, avoid direct sun during the harsh "skin cancer" hours of the day.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sinningia.

Origin

Sinningia bullata is native to Brazil.

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