Episcia cupreata comes from Colombia. It has oval, wrinkled, green leaves flecked with copper. It has scarlet flowers and lots of runners. It is a good hanging basket plant.
Blooming Time: Flame Violet blooms all summer long from June to September.
Culture: Episcia cupreata need plenty of light but cannot tolerate the strong rays of the sun. Water with moderation in the summer and sparingly in winter. Let the soil dry in between waterings. Flame violets need high humidity, but cannot tolerate water on their leaves. Fertilize every 2 weeks in summer with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ¼ the strength recommended on the label. The best time to repot is in March using a well-drained compost consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand with gravel added to increase drainage.
Propagation: Episcia cupreata is propagated by culturing the small plantlets at the ends of runners.
Episcia cupreata was featured as Plant of the Week April 7-13, 2000.
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