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Care of the plant Episcia cupreata or Flame violet.

Care of the indoor plant Episcia cupreata or Flame violet

The genus Episcia, family Gesneriaceae, comprises 40 species of perennial plants native to tropical regions of Central and South America. Some species are: Episcia cupreata, Episcia dianthiflora, Episcia reptans.

Common name: Flame violet. This species is native to Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.

They are creeping plants with long stems from which oval leaves sprout; the leaves are green with metallic, copper and silver reflections. The attractive flowers are tubular and red in color.

Use as indoor plants in hanging pots or as a centerpiece. In tropical climates they are used as cover plants in the garden.

Episcia cupreata needs a well-lit exposure (without direct sun) to preserve the vivid colors of the leaves.

Water frequently with lime-free water so that the substrate never dries completely (never water). In winter water little.

The temperature should not drop below 18-20 ºC (64-68 ºF).

The soil must be light and porous so that the water does not puddle. Add coarse sand and peat to the substrate.

From spring to late summer fertilize with mineral fertilizer for indoor plants every 20 days.

They propagate easily by cuttings in spring or summer.

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Episcia cupreata
Episcia cupreata
Episcia cupreata