Episcia : Greenhouse Plants

W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)

Family: Gesneriaceae

Tropical America

The most commonly grown species is Episcia dianthiflora, the Lace Flower, which makes an extremely attractive hanging basket plant with its furry green leaves and strange wispy white flowers. E. cupreata, the Flame Violet, makes more of a carpet or mat of growth. The leaves are attractively striped with silver along the veins and the bright red flowers look well against the foliage. Both of these in common with others in the family hate water on their leaves and carelessness in this department will leave scorch marks. Plants are easily raised by seed or cuttings which should be 8 cm (3 in) long. Seeds of Episcia hybrids are available. Seed is very fine and is best sown on the surface of peat-based compost, covered with plastic film to keep moisture in and given a temperature of 24-26°C (75-80°F).

14. July 2013 by admin
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