sinningia tubiflora

Shmuel Silinsky
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:21:22 PDT
Thank you Uli and Leo!  Great information!

Jerusalem rarely gets to 40 C and summer is typically low to mid 30s. It's
those blasts of desert air in spring and fall that give us a sudden drying

All the best,


On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 2:54 AM, Leo A. Martin <> wrote:

> Hi Shmuel,
> Uli gave you most of the info on these plants. S. tubiflora is blooming
> here in Phoenix
> where we have had temperatures well above 104 F / 40C for over a week (and
> this will
> continue until October.) Judging by newspaper weather reports, our
> temperatures are a
> lot like those in Cairo or Baghdad, which is warmer than Jerusalem. In the
> past the
> plant has been undamaged in full sun with temperatures above 114 F / 46C.
> This year I
> put it where it gets about 8 hours of sun morning to early afternoon. The
> foliage is
> much thicker, with shorter internodes, than it would be in more shade. I
> am convinced
> the reason people don't bloom this plant is because they don't give it
> enough sun.
> I don't let it dry out when in active growth. I suspect if I had a
> full-sun greenhouse
> it would grow and bloom all winter. I keep it completely dry in winter
> outside in my
> carport to protect it from our cold winter rain. Some winters the tops
> never die, even
> after months of dry soil. My plant in its 10" / 25cm diameter container
> tolerated
> overnight freezes to the mid teens F / -6C dry in my carport last winter
> without
> problems.
> Stem cuttings will root in water and produce tubers when planted in soil,
> so there's no
> need to dig up tubers for propagation. I think this is normal for
> Sinningia with longer
> stems.
> The bigger the pot the better the show. So far every sprout has produced an
> inflorescence. It is a matter of how much space you have and how much you
> want to lift
> when moving for the winter.
> One year a caterpillar ate all the shoots and the plant struggled after
> that. I don't
> know which butterfly or moth it was, but no trouble so far this year.
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA
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