For planting gloxinia bulbs, it is advisable to take light, nutritious, sufficiently water and air-permeable peat-based soil. In such a soil, there will be less likelihood of bulbs filling and rotting. Do not plant tubers in “heavy” soils, which, when watering, turn into a long-drying swamp.
If the bulb is damaged, then it is necessary to cut off the affected areas and dry the bulb within 24 hours. Before planting, soft and shrivelled bulbs can be wrapped in a wet cloth to regain their lost elasticity. Leave them wrapped for two or three days. If the gloxinia bulb is elastic, clean, without visible damage, and has one or more shoots, then it is ready for planting.