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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Growing Flame Violet In My Garden.

In my garden, I have these plants which are low spreading plants with shallow roots that grow in rosettes. The common name is Flame Violet. And the botanical name is Episcia cupreata.
The plant has very attractive velvety leaves with silvery veins and the leaves are oval shaped. The colour of the leaves depend on the amount of sunlight it is exposed to.
When the leaves have less sunlight, the leaves will be brownish or bronze in colour.
With more sunlight, the leaves will be green with silvery veins. This plant grows well in bright but indirect sunlight. Too much sunlight causes burnt leaves.
I grow them in wide, shallow pots. Suitable soil should be well-drained and moist. Over-watering will cause root rot and if exposed to too much water, the leaves will rot.
I also grow them in hanging pots to allow the stems to trail over the sides of the pot.
Propagation is through stem cuttings. I fertilize them once in every 2 to 3 weeks.
The flowers are red with slight yellow throat. The colour is very bright and attractive.
The dainty flowers rise above the leaves.
 The flowers are tubular and they look like little trumpets.
It is a joy to be greeted by these bright red dainty flowers whenever I look at them.
These are also growing well in shallow soil which is only about 1.5 inch soil.


Other seed fell on shallow soil with rock beneath.

This seed began to grow,

but soon withered and died for lack of moisture.

The stony ground represents those who enjoy listening to sermons,

but somehow the message never really gets through to them

and doesn't take root and grow.

They know the message is true, and sort of believe for a while;

but when the hot winds of persecution blow, they lose interest.

(Luke 8:6, 13, The Living Bible-TLB)

54 comments:

  1. That is a pretty plant Nancy. Very beautiful leaves. I googled the name and think that here in Finland it can be cultivated as house plant. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you, Riitta. Have a beautiful day!

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  2. Your Flame Violet are gorgeous. Such a shame when the sun scorches the leaves of our plants.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday :)

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    1. Thank you, Prunella. Have a wonderful day too!

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  3. lovely plants worth growing in garden

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Have a lovely day!

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  4. Hello Nancy!:)Just lovey!:) I like plants that can be planted in shade, or a little sun, with the added advantage of the different colours. The leaves and tiny flowers are very attractive.

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    1. Thank you, Breathtaking. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  5. From your blog, i learn more about plants, hehe...

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I hope you are not bored with my plants posts. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Tom. I hope they remain happy.

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  7. Nancy, I love this plant. I find it very pretty. I noted there are a few varieties with varying degree of green and purple. Yours appear to be the green type.

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. Mine is the green type and if kept in the shade, it will be on the brown or bronze side.

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  8. The leaves are very pretty Nancy, as are those red flowers.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. They are beautiful. Have a good day Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Have a good weekend!

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  10. Saw this plant before. I dont have it in my garden.

    Now I know its name.

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    1. Now I am growing it in a hanging pot to see how it looks.

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  11. Beautiful! Have a great day.

    STYLEFORMANKIND.COM
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    1. Thank you, dear. Have a great weekend!

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  12. So gorgeous! I love the various shades of green!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Very pretty! And so healthy! I grow the same kind. They are all blooming now.

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    1. Thank you, dear. Have a happy weekend!

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  14. Wow, I am so impressed! I have seen these in gardening shops, but NEVER with the flowers on them! You sure know how to make things thrive! You must have read many gardening books! And your bible verse is perfect for today's post!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. I learn mostly from friends, internet and through experience. Not so much from books because gardening book are expensive. Have a terrific weekend!

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  15. these are really pretty...maybe next spring, I will plant a pot or two for my patio....thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, BJ. And they will add colours to your patio. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  16. These leaves are so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. You seem to have a very good touch with plants.

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    1. Thank you, William. Sometimes I am lucky, sometime not.

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  18. You have a wonderful green thumb and you take very good photographs. Beautiful.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a great weekend!

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  19. Your plants look so healthy, Nancy, you have the touch!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. Have a lovely weekend!

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  20. I'm in love with plants, this one is so amazing :)))


    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Elena. Have a happy weekend!

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  21. Hi Nancy,

    Guess I miss out hell lot in your blog, I had left comments in all your previous posts especially the ones where you travel to Fraser's Hill, yummy food and beautiful scenery you shared, lovely

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    1. Thank you, Libby for visiting and commenting on my previous posts. Have an enjoyable and lovely weekend!

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  22. wow. Beautiful :)

    https://mygreenshopping.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. Have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Basia. Have a great weekend!

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  24. I'd never heard of flame violet. These are some really cool shots - I like the variation of the leaves and the bright colors of the blooms.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-little-dab-of-color.html

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    1. Thank you, Sue for hosting. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  25. Lovely post dear! Have a great day! xx

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a great weekend!

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  26. Pretty. It's one of those plants I got tired of years ago (they were all over the garden then) but now they look good to me again.

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    1. Its when there are plenty, we get bored with them. Just like me, now I am learning to appreciate them.

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  27. I've seen this plant but never tried planting it. Thanks for the tips, Nancy. Sounds easy enough to maintain.

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    1. The plants have been growing between my flower pots but have never really paid much attention to them. Out of the blue, I found renew interest in them and replant them in a hanging pot.

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