Matt Mattus via pbs
Thu, 19 Jan 2023 11:47:51 PST
Like Ellen Hornig, I have a fondness for the florist Gloxinia as well. Some of the first plants that I ever grew as a kid were from tubers bought at local garden centers in the 1960's and 70s, but I know the last nursery that used to hybridize them in the US closed decades ago. Along with the last American breeder of Tuberous begonias, for that matter.

Like so many gesneriads like African Violets most innovation seems to be coming from Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Poland, Latvia) but these are nearly impossible to get in the US unless you are connected to some gesneriad underground organization (I'm sure they exist!). 

While the UK seems to have the most available that are not from seed, I know that there are still a few florist strains available occasionally (such as from Sakata seed) but these are usually not made available to the home grower. You could always take a chance by buying some from the many Etsy sellers who offer them from time to time, but this is usually risky as you never really know what you are getting.

There is a Facebook group for Sinningia speciosa that has 3000 members - you might try joining that. Maybe a member has leaves or young plants to share, or can point you in the right direction.


Matt Mattus
Worcester, MA
Zone 5b/6a

On 1/18/23, 6:31 PM, "pbs on behalf of Lisa Reed via pbs" < <> on behalf of <>> wrote:


I hope I have the correct email to respond to, I am new to this group. I haven’t seen Gloxinias since the 80’s. Where have they been?

I would love some seeds or whatever form they are being offered.

Thanks, Lisa Reed
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