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Episation variety Silver Skies
The Gesnerian family. Homeland - Tropical America (Brazil, etc.). There are over 40 species in nature. These are perennial herbaceous plants that are grown in hanging baskets or pots, as ampelous. This gentle and capricious plant in culture is represented by two types:
Episcia dianthiflora is a herbaceous plant that has two types of shoots - short stems with closely set leaves and long whiskers with daughter rosettes and rooting at the nodes. The leaves are small, up to 4 cm long, elliptical in shape, with a jagged edge. The leaf surface is velvety, dark green in color with dark veins. Flowers are tubular, solitary, white with purple blotches in the pharynx, corolla up to 4 cm in diameter.
Episcia cupreata is a large herbaceous plant with thick pubescent stems. Leaves up to 10 cm long, elliptical, with a jagged edge. The leaf surface is wrinkled and pubescent, copper-green in color. Flowers are tubular, single or arranged in twos on a peduncle, red-orange, corolla up to 3 cm in diameter. It is the parent species for many varieties, differing mainly in leaf color.
Temperature: Moderate during the growing and flowering period, in winter at least 18 ° C. The epistle must be protected from drafts.
Lighting: Episzia likes bright diffused light, but with a lack of lighting, the color of variegated leaves fades.
Watering: The episodes are watered sparingly during growth and flowering. In winter, watering is careful and more rare, the soil should have time to dry well.
Fertilizers: Top dressing starts from about April to early August, weekly. Special fertilizers are used for flowering indoor plants.
Air humidity: Episodes require very high air humidity. The pots of these plants are placed on a pallet of wet pebbles and are regularly sprayed.
Transfer: To grow these Gesneriaceae, it is better to take sufficiently wide pots, not high in height. Transplanted annually in the spring. The soil should have a slightly acidic or neutral reaction, pH = 5.5 - 6.5. The soil mixture consists of 2 parts of leafy land, 1 part of peat (or greenhouse land) and 1 part of river sand, sphagnum moss and pieces of charcoal. You can also use commercial mixtures "Violet" and the like. Provide good drainage and large drain holes in the bottom of the pot.
Reproduction: Seeds, leafy cuttings, daughter rosettes.