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dggardenerguy
Staten Island, NY

March 5, 2013
11:03 AM

Post #9439618

Have had this sinningia for a number of years. Started as a cutting and have a couple of them. Produced a good sized tuber but only bloomed once (last summer when it was outside on vacation). Recently cut it back hoping to encourage bloom.
Any thoughts on getting it bloom more frequently would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Jim

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2013
11:18 AM

Post #9439635

Hi Jim,
I am not sure which one that is,but I would recommend high light,regular feeding and good humidity if possible.
Lynn
dggardenerguy
Staten Island, NY

March 5, 2013
11:23 AM

Post #9439641

Lynn,
Thanks for your response - guess what you recommended is what it was getting when outside and blooming. Trying to duplicate it inside here. Don't have much experience with sinningia so was hoping for some magic tricks.
Regards,
JIm
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2013
11:28 AM

Post #9439647

I would try it right under some fluorescent lights or in a sunny window.That and regular feeding are the best tricks I know.Repotting could help if it has been a long time.
Lynn
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9439898

Jim, that tuber looks awesome! I like the foliage too, soft and hairy. Some hardier sinningias need full sun to bloom so chances are yours will rebloom given the sunniest spot possible. I would repot it too. What color the flowers are?

Good luck,
Maria
dggardenerguy
Staten Island, NY

March 5, 2013
8:10 PM

Post #9440202

Maria,
Flowers are red/lavender if I remember correctly. I agree it should probably be repotted. Had purchased a couple of the heavey plastic bonsai pots and just had to use them but probably doesn't allow enough soil for the large tuber and roots.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2013
9:04 PM

Post #9440242

Jim,
Are the flowers kind of like these?
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Lynn
dggardenerguy
Staten Island, NY

March 8, 2013
1:47 PM

Post #9443036

Lynn,
Looks very much like S. Reitzii.
Thanks
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2013
8:11 PM

Post #9443407

You're welcome.If it is Reitzii it needs really strong light to bloom.Mine sits a couple of inches under lights.
dggardenerguy
Staten Island, NY

August 22, 2013
8:29 AM

Post #9638029

Finally it's blooming. Outside now and seems to like the extra light/humidity.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 22, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9638427

Yay! Looks a lot like Reitzi. Sorry for the awful picture.

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dggardenerguy
Staten Island, NY

August 22, 2013
6:04 PM

Post #9638559

Hi Lynn,
Not certain it's Reitzi. It has no peduncles (hasn't had any yet).
Take a look at http://www.burwur.net/sinns/4rtzMain.htm.
It compares Reitzi to S. 'Black Hill'.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 22, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9638690

I couldn't get the link to open.I really don't think it's Reitizi,because of the foliage.I don't think my flowers have spots either.

Does yours have red stems like Blackhills?

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