This Gloxinia isn't meant to be grown as a bedding plant, but they are wonderful potted plants. They also form a tuber, which, if properly crured and cared for after the plant goes dormant, will come back into growth after a short rest. They are very closely related to African Violets.
Obviously I have grown the florist's Gloxinia in the past, mostly the single forms, but a few of the doubles. This was years ago when I had more room and fewer plants! Also tried the Slipper form and found them to be very nice too! These Shinningia (spl?)hybrids are a lot of fun to grow, from seed or from tubers and are as easy to propagate from a leaf cutting as an African Violet is. With the Gloxinia leaf cuttings you get tiny new tubers that eventually grow into plants. I always split the stems so I could get two new tubers from each leaf cutting.
Might have to grow these again someday.
Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller