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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 12, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8490354

I've just been growing episcias a little over a year now. What's up with the red growth on this 'butternut' ? Do I cut it off? Does the red growth have a different name? Plants are just like my teenagers- just gotta do their own thing!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2011
12:50 PM

Post #8490629

If you take the red stolons off and root them and they retain their color and pass it on to subsequent stolons then you have what's called a sport. Quite a few named Episcias that are commonly grown have started as sports.

Episcias can change leaf color, texture and pattern in different growing conditions. That's one thing to keep in mind.

If the color is stable, then you basically have a new Episcia.

Olaf

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 12, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8490735

Part of it is reverting back to the color one of the parents.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2011
2:09 PM

Post #8490805

Too bad... :(
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 12, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8490880

Thanks. I tried to find info on parentage on the web. No hits.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8491004

If you want to go to great lengths, you can get a copy of the Episcia register from the Gesneriad Society...
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 12, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8491327

I have an episcia registry, let me find it and let you know.
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 12, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8491360

Ok. It doesn't have much information.

'Butternut' , 2006, Belisle's Violet House cat. "Iridescent green/pink pebbled leaves." (Yes, it says "cat"). I'm assuming that is Marcia Belisle, you could contact her. Sorry I wasn't more helpful. I bought this registry for our club but this is the first time I've used it and it wasn't very helpful for this variety.

tish
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8499981

Jamie,
If I am the one who sent you Butternut (I can't remember),it's possible there was some root from Debary's Embers in the soil.I have them growing in the same tray,

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 17, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8503228

Thanks for all the help. I acquired a stolon of Butternut from a club member in Birmingham. I've been meaning to contact Belisle for the info., but keep forgetting.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
10:35 AM

Post #8504054

Oh good it wasn't me that sent it.I wouldn't want to cause confusion.My Butternut looks like yours with red in the leaves,but no red leaves growing around it.

Lynn

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