Sinningia pusilla

Photo by Gustav Ciamaga
Grown by Gustav Ciamaga

S. pusilla is the first of the "microminiature" sinningias to enter into common culture. It is truly tiny, the pot in this picture being about the size of a quarter. It has been much used in hybridizing, and along with S. concinna has been the source of the miniaturization resulting in hundreds of hybrids known as "miniature Sinningias".

S. pusilla requires high humidity, and does best with low light. It is the ideal subject for an enclosed container at the edges of a flourescent light stand. Soil should be moisture retentive but well drained, and the pot should not be too much larger than the spread of the plant. I like to grow S. pusilla with several plants in a common pot, preferably a small shallow bonsai-type ceramic pot. It makes for a great display.

Among the other microminiature Sinningias on this site are S. pusilla 'White Sprite', S. concinna, S. 'Wood Nymph' and a new introduction, S. sp. "Rio das Pedras".

This species, like all Sinningias, will go dormant, although it sometimes stays in active growth for a long time. If dormancy occurs, the pea-sized tubers can be replanted in new soil. It is also easily grown from seed, and if allowed to will self-seed vigorously, resulting in many tiny seedlings sprouting from every soil surface around.

 

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