The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Rechsteineria

Family: Gesneriaceae.

Rechsteineria cardinalis Ktze. (Sinningia cardinalis) Common name(s): Cardinal Flower Rechsteineria leucotricha Morton. (Sinningia canescens)
Rechsteineria The Cardinal Flower is closely related to Sinningia, and the treatment required is very similar. The shape of the flowers, however, is completely different - Rechsteineria cardinalis bears tubular blooms quite unlike the open bells of Gloxinia. The bright red flowers appear in summer. The hooded, bright red blooms of Rechsteineria cardinalis (Sinningia cardinalis) are borne horizontally at the top of the 1 ft stems. Rechsteineria leucotricha has woolly silvery-grey leaves and pink flowers. Rechsteineria
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average or above average warmth in summer. Keep fairy cool in winter - minimum temperature 55For 15C. Bright light - avoid direct sunshine. Water freely from spring to autumn - sparingly in Winter. Use tepid water. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Plants have a rest-period in winter. Take stem cuttings in spring or plant tubers in winter.

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