Episcia


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Episcia
Common Name: Episcia
Botanical Name: Episcia spp. (mostly E. cupreata) (e-PIS-i-a)
Decorative Life: Many months to years.
Post Harvest Care:
  • They are very chill sensitive and therefore need to be shipped, displayed or stored at 55F or higher. As little as a 30 minute exposure to 50F can result in water-soaked and brown leaves within 24 hours.
  • Tend to easily die back when over-watered.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Gesnerianace (gesneria family) with common relatives including African violet, cape-primrose and gloxinia.
  • Most species native to South America.
Personality:
  • Episcia are mostly grown for their colorful foliage and to a lesser degree for their flowers although they are also beautiful. Because of their cascading growth habit, they are well suited for hanging baskets.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Red, orange, orange-red, orange-yellow.
Storage Specifics: Very chill sensitive.
Tidbits:
  • From the Greek "episkios" for shaded, referring to the natural cascading habitat of these plants.
Recent Findings: Using E. reptans, Chen and Patterson (1985) showed that exposing plants to chilling temperatures for as little as one hour caused an increase in ethylene production and the development of subsequent chilling symptoms.