Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sinningia is the next 'Big Thing'

Florist Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa)

Story # 6

Same questions, different Genus.

                Sinningia (Sin-in-gee-ah) is the Genus of flowering houseplants or patio plants that may make a splash in the market if more supply were available.

First off, Sinningia is a commercial florist crop going by the name---Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa).  They go in and out of favor, but a well grown Gloxinia loaded with flowers and buds is spectacular.  There are single and double flower types with colors of purple, pink, red, white and can be speckled or bicolored.

My interest is with the compact Sinningias floating around in the hobby world developed by amateur hybridizers.  Most are in the miniature Sinningia category and one S. ‘Li’l Georgie’ is a micro mini.

These colorful flowering houseplants never had any staying power in the commercial system.  They were produced back in the houseplant boom in the 70”s and 80’s.  They disappeared even before the houseplant category all but went to zero.

Sinningia as the next ‘Big thing’------------Highly unlikely!


  1. As someone who used to hybridize "Gloxies",you're quite right. The only commercial niche for them is temporary decoration. They are(even the compact forms) too big for the average modern home and the average houseplant grower isn't "up" to dealing with a plant that goes Dormant.

  2. Pat,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Plants are consummer goods and people are drawn to them. It's great that there are infinite varieties to choose from. I'm trying to bring good Sinningias to market for people to see. Everybody likes the New.