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Aug 26, 2011 11:05 AM CST
|I have a question on Episcia's. Do you treat them just like you do African Violets when you grow them? I do well with African Violets, but have never tired the Episcia's. I just purchased Raspberry Blush, Pink Brocade, and Alice's Aussie.|
Aug 26, 2011 11:16 AM CST
|Episcias, for the most part, are just like AV's. |
Unfortunately, the pinker the leaves the more work they are...the really pink ones like more humidity and are grown best in a terrarium.
"Pink Dreams" as an example:
Your Raspberry Blush will be ok as a hanging plant. Bright light...none of that harsh AZ sun.
I've grown Alice's Aussie in a hanging basket too. You can help humidity with a pebble tray.
Very shallow root systems.
Any other questions, just holler!!
Aug 26, 2011 12:11 PM CST
|So sounds like I may have problems with Pink brocade too. As it is very similar to Pink Dreams. May have to donate that to someone who has a terrarium. I don't have room for one. |
Aug 27, 2011 11:57 AM CST
|Don't do anything that drastic Alan!|
They don't need a whole terrarium...just go to Walmart and get a fish bowl for maybe $5....one for a single goldfish or those Beta fish bowls. It'll grow happily in that
Sep 6, 2011 8:59 AM CST
|My Episcia's came in. Really nice health plants! I brought them into my office. The plant on the right in the first photo is Hoya obavala|
Just the Episcia, there are two Episcia in here, E. Alice's Aussie, and E. Pink Gator. Lol! I can't hardly tell the difference between the two. One does seem to have a little more purple veining, with a shimmer to it. Beautiful plants though. I have another one that I got at home. I'll get a picture of it tonight.
Sep 6, 2011 9:27 AM CST
They are nice healthy plants! Beauties too
Sep 6, 2011 10:28 AM CST
|I'm not sure my Hoya is real happy at work. I brought a plant light to shine on it, but still has a leaf fall off here and there. I may have to take it back home and put it by the window. It was much happier there I think. I'm going to give it a little longer to adjust. The Episca I just brought in today. Keeping my fingers crossed they will be happy here :)|
Sep 6, 2011 5:04 PM CST
|Here is the other one, that I have at home on a pebble tray, Epicias Pink Brocade.|
Sep 9, 2011 3:52 AM CST
|Obviously I am doing something wrong. I can have the AV's flowering like crazy more often than not, but seem to have difficulties with the Episcias. I love them too. I may have to try a terrarium. I have E. Kee Wee, which seems to be shrinking....|
Sep 10, 2011 10:36 AM CST
|Alan your Episcias look great! I bought 'Alice's Aussie' and am really looking forward to getting it!|
Sep 13, 2011 8:38 PM CST
|Carolyn, I have been growing Episcia for years. If you can make your A.V.s bloom like crazy, I doubt if you are doing anything wrong with your Kee Wee. The only Episcia you absolutely need to keep enclosed are the pink ones. Your weather is close to mine and mine do excellent in a east, south or west window for sunlight but not in direct sunlight. They will bloom better with less stolons attached. Hope this helps. Lee Anne has given you all some great info. |
Take care all
Sep 14, 2011 6:44 AM CST
|So far my pink brocade is doing well, in the pot, just on a tray of pebbles and water. I'm not seeing any drying at all, and it is growing. Keeping my fingers crossed!! That's the one in the Turquoise pot. We are in our monsoon season, so it is more humid, although not like back east, nor an enclosed terrarium. Humidifier should be here any day now. Hoping that will help if it starts struggling.|
Sep 14, 2011 7:11 AM CST
Sep 14, 2011 7:57 AM CST
|Oh, and E. Alice's Aussie, and E. Pink Gator are doing well in the office. I do see a tiny bit of drying on one leaf. But I worked from home three days in a row, plus the weekend, and the pebble tray was out of water. Hoping that was why. It still looks very healthy It is so fun trying new plants, but it gets my wallet in trouble all the time. |
Sep 16, 2011 7:20 AM CST
|I was thinking that perhaps my episicia would do better if brought it into work. It would definitely get more attention. Do all the episicia need to be on a tray of pebbles or just the pink ones?|
Sep 16, 2011 7:24 AM CST
|I was told the pink ones need to be in a Terrarium, but I don't have that luxury, so mine went on a pebble tray. My red ones are doing great in the office on a pebble tray, kept filled with water. Oh, and I also put them in an African Violet pot, since they are from the AV family, and that seems to be working well too. This is my first attempt at growing them, so hopefully someone else can provide more detail for you.|
Oh and one other thing, if you buy those plastic dishes like the one in my photo, they are really inexpensive, and work great, hold it up to the light, and make sure there are no cracks in the bottom of the tray. I had to take one back yesterday, because it was leaking. Right on top of my computer tower
I make sure I buy a tray that is bigger than the pot that is sitting in.
Sep 16, 2011 7:37 AM CST
|I went back and looked at my picture, and I didn't have the pebble trays under it yet...Here is a picture with the pebble trays. I just took this a few minutes ago: The AV pot is the pink one, and is the large one, about 6ish inches in diameter.|
Sep 16, 2011 8:31 PM CST
both plants are beautiful!
Sep 17, 2011 7:45 AM CST
Sep 22, 2011 2:08 PM CST
|I just got 'Alice's Aussie' today, it is so pretty!|