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As a comment about Flame Violet (Episcia cupreata), plantmanager wrote:

Episcias are warm climate plants known for their colorful leaves and beautiful blooms. They make wonderful houseplants if you give them some good light and humidity. Never put them into direct sunlight because that will burn them. They should never be totally dry. I keep them slightly moist all of the time. Water from the bottom, and do not mist them. A pebble tray of water is best for increasing humidity. They require more water than their relatives, the African violets. Episcias are happiest with a temperature of about 60 to 70 degrees, although mine have done well up to about 90 degrees. Never let them go lower than 50 degrees or they die.

These plants put out runners so they make beautiful hanging baskets. If you'd like more flowers, cut most of the runners off. They can be propagated to give you more plants, or plants to share with friends.

I feed them every 2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Give these wonderful old plants a try! They used to be much more common, but not many know about them now.
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Calif_Sue
Feb 20, 2018 11:21 PM CST

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These are so sweet looking and I love the foliage too, blooms are bonus. I will have to check some nurseries and see what I find to try one.
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plantmanager
Feb 20, 2018 11:55 PM CST
California nurseries may have them, but I've never been able to find any in Arizona or New Mexico. All of mine have been purchased online. They really are impressive little plants. Some types with delicate pink leaves need to be in a terrarium. The flowers come in white, yellow, orange, red, pink, and blue. I hope you find some, and enjoy them, Sue.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Feb 21, 2018 12:09 AM CST

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I'll probably order online, unless I happen across one locally.
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plantmanager
Feb 21, 2018 12:32 AM CST
During Spring and Summer you can find a lot of them on Ebay. i think not many will ship during the winter. I've also ordered from the Violet Barn with very good luck.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Feb 21, 2018 1:10 AM CST

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Thanks Karen! I will wait until spring but go window shopping. nodding
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Name: Karen
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Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Feb 21, 2018 10:03 AM CST
I talked myself back into them too. I'll be doing the same. I lost most of mine during the 8 years when we had 2 homes and had to leave each one for 2 to 4 weeks. I started out with a lot of houseplants and many orchids and episcias, but after 8 years all that was left were my cacti and succulents. Now we can stay in one place, so it's time to start over on the collection. Hurray!
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