Gloxinia, Winter Blooming


QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Indoors near a sunny window (away from direct sunlight) or under bright fluorescent lighting.  Outdoors in full shade to part sun.

 

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Not winter hardy, move indoors before frost and treat as a houseplant over winter.

3. Planting Distance - One plant per 8-inch or larger container.  Transplant into larger container as needed.

4. Mature Height/Spread - 12 to 18 inches tall with a similar spread.

5. Bloom Time - Early summer to fall.

6. Planting Instructions - Fill the container with soil to within 4 inches of the top. Dig a hole in soil to insert the lower part of the root ball.  Remove plastic containers and loosen up roots that have encircled the growing pot.  Place the plant in the hole and back fill to original soil line.  Water well, and if necessary, adjust the plant so that it is upright. Add additional soil to bring the level back up to the original soil line. Never insert the plant lower than the original top of the soil ball.

  

GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT

Gloxinia is a true wonder of nature. The beautiful duo will burst into bloom with exotic flowers. They are profuse bloomers that are very easy to grow indoors. Place them by a sunny window and keep the soil evenly moist. During the summer months the plants can be moved outdoors and placed in the shade. An easy to grow, unusual flowering houseplant that breaks from the traditional holiday plants. 

CONTINUING CARE

 

Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).

Grooming - Clip off unsightly or dead growth to maintain the plants in good form and shape. The best time to prune your plant is right after it has bloomed.

Feeding - Feed once every two to three weeks during spring and summer growing seasons with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.

Winterizing - Bring indoors before the first frost.

When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably one with a southern exposure. Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however; this does not mean to water them daily. Bathrooms, especially those with a southern exposure, will provide a naturally humid environment for your plants.

If you place your plant in any other room, you can boost the humidity level around your plant by filling a shallow tray with gravel and water then placing the pot in the tray. The water level should be slightly below the gravel so that the pot is not submerged in the water. You may also use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water once a week.

 All other watering and feeding indoors should be reduced significantly.  Do not over water or allow your plants to sit in water.  Follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter, to extend your plant’s performance.

 In the spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.  

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.