Sinningia tubiflora

Leo A. Martin
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:57:10 PDT
I have posted before about my Sinningia tubiflora. I grow it in full summer sun here in
Phoenix, Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. It is in sun for at least 6 hours per day. I use
somewhat large containers; this year it is in a terra-cotta colored, round plastic
container about 10" / 25cm across and deep. I do not let it dry out when in active

Under my conditions the leaves are thick and folded, a nice light green, with a very
heavy fur coat of white hairs. It flowers continuously all summer.

In mid June we had an unusually hot week. Daytime temperatures at my house ranged from
112 F / 44C to 122 F / 50C. Though the soil was moist, all the above-ground Sinningia
burned to a dry crisp. I dug down into the soil and found the tubers in fine shape.

Now, three weeks later, the plant is sprouting normal new growth.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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