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epis


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Janet29-Sep-00 02:32 PM EST   
marg29-Sep-00 09:39 PM EST   
Mary10-Aug-08 12:00 AM EST   
Shawn22-Aug-08 03:51 PM EST   
Mary07-Sep-08 01:07 AM EST   
07-Sep-08 09:42 PM EST   
Mary08-Sep-08 12:33 AM EST   
Shawn08-Sep-08 07:41 PM EST   
Mary09-Sep-08 01:42 AM EST   
Mary02-Oct-08 01:39 AM EST   
Shawn02-Oct-08 09:36 PM EST   


Subject: epis
From: Janet
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Date: 29-Sep-00 02:32 PM EST

Is there anyone out there who grows epis and can advise on how to winter them, I just acquired some cuttings. Thank you


Subject: RE: epis
From: marg
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Date: 29-Sep-00 09:39 PM EST

I've never heard of epis before. Does the plant get red flowers on it? If so, I think the plant may be an Episcia (common name is Flame Violet). I had one as a houseplant. Keep the soil moist but not to wet. Place in a bright but filtered light location. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: epis
From: Mary
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Date: 10-Aug-08 12:00 AM EST

Hi, I am sorry Marg but I didn't intend on replying to you but instead wanted to ask where in Canada that I could buy a Episcia? Specifically I am after Episcia 'Raspberry Blush' & Episcia Black Foot and/or Episcia CHOCOLATE VELOUR. This is my first post to this forum. regards, mary


Subject: RE: epis
From: Shawn
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Date: 22-Aug-08 03:51 PM EST

Episcias make an excellent house plant,requiring about the same conditions as an african violet. They like some humidity, a good window with filtered light and constant moisture. If given these few simple ammenities they are everblooming. To Mary, those varieties can be purchased through harborcrest gardens in BC, they are a mail order buisness. I have also ordered from glasshouse works in the states with great results. They ship to Canada


Subject: RE: epis
From: Mary
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Date: 07-Sep-08 01:07 AM EST

Hello, I have a stolon from a episcia lilacina and when I got it, there were few roots. I potted it up in perlite vermiculte & peak moss and have kept it in with my orchids so it gets a bit more humidity than the other episcias I bought at the same time. The others are holding their own and I hope when they have really taken hold they will grow like crazy. The lilacina is still a nice green, but it still looks a little limp. sort of lacking substance if you get my meaning. Is there anything else I can do for this little guy? I found out after I bought the lilacina that they are a little hard to grow and flower. Has anyone grown these plants before in normal house environment? I live in Alberta Canada and our area is actually classed as semi desert and in the winter it gets quite dry here the humidifyers really get a work out here in January and February.

Any tips I can get about growing episicias will be much appreciated. regards, mary


Subject: RE: epis
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Date: 07-Sep-08 09:42 PM EST

Hiya Mary Firstly, what orchids are you growing the episcia with? E. lilacina should do well in the same growing conditions as phalaenopsis orchids. E lilacina does best in bright filtered light with above average humidity, but do not keep wet. Just moist at all times. In spring give a half dose of balanced fertilizer and it should reward you with white flowers with lavender/blue throats until autumn, at which time. reduce watering and keep barely moist throughout winter months.Let us know how the progress is on this plant


Subject: RE: epis
From: Mary
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Date: 08-Sep-08 12:33 AM EST

Hiya back :-)

Funny you should mention Phalaenopsis as I grow Phals & LadySlippers (mostly) and I do have the E lilacina in with them. I guess I mostly need to know if it can take awhile for them, Epscias, to root and grow after they have been cut from the parent plant. This plant is a nice green, but as I mentioned the leaves at this point lack substance, as opposed to the E. Canadian Sunset which came as a large cutting with well developed roots. Another question: I have read that the E. Chocolate Velour is in the same catagory as the lilacina; can anyone tell me if it is or isn't? I have been hoping that they will do okay in the environment outside the orchid growstand as I just don't have the room inside the stand for much anyone. thanks, mary


Subject: RE: epis
From: Shawn
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Date: 08-Sep-08 07:41 PM EST

Hiya again Mary The Chocolate velour episcia is in fact E lilacina 'Chocolate Velour'. With its purple-brown leaves and mauve-blue blooms this is a spectacular plant. I grow most of my gesneriads in the subtropical greenhouse, but most have done well with an eastern exposure and less than ideal humidity in my home. You can try taking it from the plant stand and trying it somewhere else. At the first sign of distress (browned leaf edges, excessive wilting...) take it back to its original spot. Something to ponder, I have been an overly active grower and breeder of orchidae for more than twenty years and have noticed that your phalaenopsis do not need ideal conditions to flourish. If you are running out of space maybe moving the orchids instead of the episcias might be your best bet


Subject: RE: epis
From: Mary
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Date: 09-Sep-08 01:42 AM EST

Hi Shawn, the phals I grow are violaecias and other species that really need to be in a grow area. In addition, the ladyslippers have to be considered. While I probably wouldn't actually lose the plants, they would not give me really good blooms. I am going to try to grow the eppies outside the growstand but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have an episcia or two in with the orchids.

m


Subject: RE: epis
From: Mary
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Date: 02-Oct-08 01:39 AM EST

Hi, has anyone grown an episcia stolon in a mixture of perlite, charcol and sphagum moss in place of the peat moss?

If you have, did it work out for you?

thanks mary


Subject: RE: epis
From: Shawn
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Date: 02-Oct-08 09:36 PM EST

For rooting my epi's and most other gesneriads I add both charcoal and sphagnum to a all purpose Pro Mix, which is mainly made up of peat and perlite. So I cant see why your combo wouldnt work


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