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Exposure

episcia rosa Place the Episcia cupreata in very bright places, but sheltered from direct sunlight, especially in the warmer months; it fears temperatures below 10°C, therefore in winter it is to be kept indoors or in a temperate greenhouse. Being a variety of tropical origin, it has no problems with maximum temperatures; if it is placed in places with little light, it will produce few flowers and the leaves will stretch.

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Watering

piante episcia The Episcia cupreata plants prefer moist soils, therefore they need frequent and regular watering, we suggest, however, never to soak the soil and let it dry slightly between one watering and the other. From March to October provide fertilizer for flowering plants, every 15-20 days, mixed with the water of the watering, possibly in half the amount recommended on the package.

It is advisable to vaporize the leaves often with demineralized water, to increase the ambient humidity.

Land

episcia pianta The Episcia cupreata prefers loose, rich and very well drained soils; use a mixture of peat and leaf mould in equal parts, to which perlite and pumice stone should be added, to increase drainage. We suggest to repot the plant every 2-3 years, possibly in early spring. The roots of the plant are rather superficial and develop more horizontally, so it is advisable to choose wide and shallower pots.

Multiplication

This plant propagates in various ways, in spring you can make cuttings of stem or leaf, or you can sow the small seeds. Often we proceed to the propagation by division, detaching the well developed stolons, which carry some ramifications; these portions are to be immediately repotted in a single container.

Cupreata Episode: Pests and Diseases

episcia fiori Sometimes aphids ruin the leaves; it can be attacked also by the cochineal and hit by radical rottenness, especially when the soil is not sufficiently draining. Aphids or lice can be eliminated with the use of specific products or with natural preparations based on garlic, which is boiled in water, then filter everything and vaporize the compound on the affected plants.

For the cochineals, when they are not very common, it is possible to intervene with a cloth with alcohol to eliminate them manually. Even the red spider mite can be a parasite that affects the plant, in this case, it is sufficient to increase the degree of humidity, since these parasites do not like water.

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