Flame Violet is grown as much for its beautiful textured or colouredas for its brilliantly coloured and dainty .
Originating from the tropical regions of central and South America, this plant belongs to a large family of plants called Gesneriads. It is closely related to a number of popular house plants including theand .
Flame Violet is also known as Carpet Plant, since it spreads by means of runners. In the wild theat the end of the runners down into any suitable material on the ground or on the branches of trees. Single plants soon develop into large clusters, forming dense carpets on the ground or, if in trees, forming a hanging curtain of runners.
Flame Violet trails, or grows across the ground. Stems can be fairly long but the plant does not grow to a great size.
Varieties and colour
Four species of Flame Violet are popular and are frequently grown as house plants. Episcia cupreata has oval, extremely wrinkled green leaves flecked with copper. Episcia dianthiflora has small succulent green leaves and white flowers. E. punctata has thick juicy upright. E. reptans has pink flowers.
This plant is ideal for hanging baskets or as ground cover in a sunroom.
Through The Year
November—February Give your Flame Violet as much light as possible and do not let temperatures fall below 15°C (60°F). Water sparingly. Do notand keep out of draughts.
Repot using a peat-basedmixture, plus coarse sand or Perlite. To make a new plant, sever a. rooted runner and pot up in the same mixture as for the mature plant.
Put in an east- or west-facing window in the summer. If you choose to put it in a south-facing window, protect it from the rays of the mid-day sun by filtering the light through a blind or a curtain. Do not overwater the plant. Apply diluted liquidevery two weeks.
Pests And Diseases
Spots on leaves can be caused by spillage of cold water on the leaves. Prevention: Always use lukewarm or tepid water and acan with a long spout to reach right into the mixture. Avoid wetting the leaves.
Yellow leaves can be caused by a build up of nutrients in the potting mixture, causing theto burn.
Treatment: Water thoroughly to dilute the fertilizer in the potting mixture and remove any badly damaged leaves. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer but wait a few weeks before applying.
Flame Violet needs a constant level of highbut otherwise it is an undemanding plant. If the variety you have makes long bare runners then cut them back.
- : Repot in March or April using a porous, well-drained peat-based potting . Mix in a little sand, gravel or Perlite to improve the .
- Do not overwater. In summer, water moderately and in winter even more sparingly. Let the potting dry out slightly in between. Flame Violet needs high . Place the pot on a bed of moist pebbles or group it with other plants to increase humidity.
- Feeding: Apply diluted liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in summer.
BEST GROWTH ENVIRONMENT
- Light: This plant enjoys plenty of light but cannot tolerate the strong rays of the mid-day sun. It will lose colour if it gets too much direct sunlight.
- Temperature: Keep at room temperature. Ideally a day temperature of 21-24°C (70— 75°F) would suit this plant, with a drop of at least 5°C in the evening. Make sure the humidity level is high.
- This plant is generally available from garden centres and nurseries in the spring for summer blooming.
- Leaf colour will vary with varieties, but plants should have firm and succulent leaves without any blemishes. Pick a plant with plenty of buds.
- This is a perennial plant so it will last for many years. You can also its runners.
- Flame Violet has attractively marked leaves and dainty, brilliantly coloured flowers. Its natural trailing growth makes it ideal for hanging baskets.