|Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie'|
Story # 115,
Sinningia ‘Li’l Georgie’ is a micro mini Sinningia that is tougher than we ever though was possible. This hybrid made by Jim Steuerlein is a breakthrough in durability beyond the obscure small species that are its parents (S. muscicola x S. concinna).
So how to grow this little plant?
Sinningias grow in very bright light in Brazil where all the species are found. So ‘Li’l Georgie’ can be in a very sunny location as a houseplant ---- bright light to moderate light. The problem with full sun as a houseplant is not the high light but the heat which can cook the plant.
Serious plant hobbyists grow plants on shelving under fluorescent lights so sufficient light is on longer an issue.
Whatever room temperature you like to live with.
60 F -- 85 F Normal
50 F – 95 F Extreme
Water when the soil surface is dry. Constantly wet or setting in water will rot the tuber. Extremely dry will cause the top to shrivel up and damage growth.
Sinningias grow a tuber for survival when conditions are not ideal. If the top of your plant dies back, do not throw it away. The tuber will resprout. Water sparingly until you see new growth. Give bright light to keep the shoot compact and grow to reflower. The plant tends to grow off the tuber which has shallow roots.
Any dilute houseplant fertilizer used once a month will help healthy growth. Too much fertilizer will burn the roots and kill the plant. Too little fertilizer will prevent green leaves and reduce flowering.
One of my original ‘Li’l Georgie’ has flowered nonstop for 2 ½ years in a North window. The plant is no longer attractive but it proves that continuous flowering is possible. It is on wick watering, so I don’t have to pay much attention to it. It has never had fertilizer. The plants in the greenhouse have very bright light and weekly fertilizer to give dark green growth and flowering.
‘Li’l Georgie’ will not seed itself so you need to manage the tuber for regrowth. Even though it appears to be no mandatory dormancy period, if the top goes bad, it can regrow.
‘Li’l Georgie’ can be maintained for years to give you continuous little purple flowers.