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I wanted to show off these two episcias that I grew from single stolons I received from the Spring round robin. The first is Episcia 'My Precious' and the second is Episcia 'Sarah Beth.' I have had no success with episcias in the past, but I remain optimistic.
Thanks, Lou and Lynn. I really enjoyed the RR, too. It definitely was worth the price of postage. Lynn, I figured out that it is a very humidity-dependent rhing. Humidity in an old New England farmhouse during the winter is around 30 percent. I guess I will have to get off my butt and mist, mist, mist.
I am back again trying to grow Af. violets. this time I well grow them unde light, if anybody can give me some hints, the lights are 18" above the flowers. Got the special soil for them, should I put some gravel in the container so the flower pots can sit on them ??? Thanks, Etelka
The first thing I would do is to check the African Violet Care thread on the main African Violet & Gesneriad forum page. Then you can ask specific questions as needed. One suggestion would be to move the lights or the plants so that they are about 15 inches apart. In other words, lower the lights or raise the plants. If you want to put gravel in the tray below the plants, add some water to the gravel to raise the humidity a bit. Don't let the bottoms of the pots sit in water, though.
It will be funny but I did't want to drill holes in the cabinets, so I found some industrial strengt welcrow and got the light to stay up there.I can put sometihing under the pots to lift them to be 15", that is easy. Thanks for the advice. Etelka
My plant room is very cold and dry in the winter.I have enclosed a stand in plastic shower curtains,the clear ones.It opens in the front for easy access.Before that I sometimes put my Episcias in a domed tray during the winter.They will survive at 50-60 degrees,but barely grow,so very easy on the water and no food.
Welcome Etelka! Earle's suggestions are great.Just ask away and someone here will answer any questions you have.
Yes, leaving the lights on 24 will damage the plants. If the plants are about 15 inches from the lights, then you can leave the lights on 12-14 hours a day. The plants need a day/night cycle the same way people do. The most inexpensive timer I can find turns my flourescents on and off and lasts for years.
Here are pictures of my Chirita 'Moonlight' which is now in bloom. I believe this may now be a Primula, but it was still a Chirita when I bought it. I would be happy to hear from someone who knows...maybe I will even re-label the pot.
Well, ladies, there can never be enough confusion in my life! My understanding (or lack of it) tells me the Primulas are full size plants and the Primulinas are rather small. Is that correct? This plant is a good foot around..
The name has been changed for a while now. I still call them a Chirita but I need to get into the habit of Primulina. If I say Chirita Aiko most people know what I am talking about but if I say Primulina Aiko they say " HUH???" LOL!!!