Sinningia leuchotricha | Bare Root Tuber Sale | SapphireChild Orchids

$12.00 - $17.00
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Sinningia leucotricha, bare root tuber sale!!  Choice of:

SMALL: approximately 1" tubers, suitable for 3" pots (normally $25 when potted)

MEDIUM: approximately 2" tubers, suitable for 4" pots (normally $35 when potted)

Tubers on this page will be shipped bare root.  Buy 2 or more and get 10% off (discount applied automatically)!

Sinningia leucotricha is a Brazilian native african violet relative, very closely related to gloxinias. Perhaps the you'll see the resemblance especially to gloxinia in its tube shaped flowers and fuzzy leaves. Actually, it has spectacular plush, slivery leaves.  It also forms a caudex-like tuber which can get quite large. The flowers attract hummingbirds.

**blooming plant pictured for reference only!** (that's their mom!)

These are blooming size seedlings but may not be in bud or bloom on arrival, as mostly they bloom seasonally in spring just as they are coming out of winter dormancy. All my sinningias are seed grown by me in the USA, and are delivered with established root systems. They typically bloom as they come out of dormancy, and sometimes, randomly add a few flowers throughout the summer as well.

The plant is not common in cultivation - though I've been doing my level best to change that the last couple years. It is probably one of the easiest Sinningia to grow. It typically has an active summer growing season, loving frequent watering but not waterlogged conditions and bright light. Use a high porosity soil mix. Mine lives outside in the summer in light shade, with direct sun for about half the day. A west or south facing window in the house would be equivalent. In the winter I bring it inside to a cool growing area (about 55F, but a drafty, chilly windowsill will likely suffice) to let it go dormant. Water only infrequently during dormancy. They typically shed their foliage during dormancy. This is in bold because its important that you don't worry the plant is dead when this happens.

For a primer on dormancy cycles in sinningia, see this blog post.

Its hard to find data on the species, as it is endangered in habitat. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.  My plants are all seed grown in the USA, including their mom. When the hummingbirds were so kind as to pollinate it for me, I decided I needed to grow out the seeds to share, to help ensure the species stays with us.

FLAT RATE SHIPPING - just one price for as many plants as you want! Mix and match!
Note about shipping: All plants are wrapped carefully and shipped via USPS priority mail. Make sure to unwrap carefully, it can be easy to accidentally damage plants when unwrapping while very excited! Plant may be shipped bare root at my discretion. Hawaii & Alaska shipments at your own risk.

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  • 5
    All Around Wow

    Posted by Ellie P on Apr 28th 2023

    I was so thrilled with my little Caudex! It shipped the day after I ordered it, and arrived the day after that from across the country. It was very thoughtfully packaged, and as I unwrapped it I was delighted to find it had leaves and flowers! I was just expecting a bulb so what a wonderful surprise! It was a little wilty upon arrival just from transit, but it quickly perked up once I planted it in some moist soil. Very glad I found this shop!