Friday, November 12, 2010

Pretty pictures: Episcia 'Coco' flowering

Okay, Kenneth (from whom this plant originally came) has made me an Episcia convert. I now feel bad about not trying one sooner. Not that things couldn't still go terribly wrong, I suppose -- it's only been a few months -- but still. Not nearly as scary as I'd thought.


So far, I'm keeping the plant in the basement, under pretty bright artificial light, and watering when the soil gets about halfway dry. The basement has high(-ish) humidity, and runs about 68-70F (20-21C) all the time. I don't remember whether I added fertilizer when I potted it up or not, but probably I did.


Next, obviously, I'll have to get a couple plants (I now have three) blooming at the same time and do some cross-pollinating. I bet growing Episcia from seed would be fun, especially if the crosses were significantly different from the parents.


6 comments:

Paul said...

I'm impressed. It reminds me of salvia divinorum, just way prettier.

Liza said...

What sweet little blossoms!

Plowing Through Life said...

This is quite impressive. These plants are typically fussy, so whatever it is you're doing, keep doing it; obviously the plant likes it. I really like these plants, but I don't think I can provide enough humidity for them.

Kenneth Moore said...

::dances a little::

Oh. ::dougies::? I was at a birthday yesterday and I "learned how to dougie"? I am scared to look on Youtube for the videos mentioned. But I think this is an appropriate dance to express my feelings of success and joy that the Episcia is doing so well and that I helped change your mind about the genus!

I think humidity is less of an issue for this particular variety than, say, not letting it sit in poorly draining soil for months and months. The one I have at home is not a fan of me right now...

Tigerdawn said...

Ooooo! I need one of those!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Very pretty flowers. You took some great shots. Love the leaves!